There are a lot of articles that tell you how to make your LinkedIn profile better since it is much more preferable to be told what you can do, as opposed to what you are not supposed to. However, there are a lot of mistakes you can make on LinkedIn that will put people off — mistakes that can be totally avoided with a bit of forethought. Here are a few of these mistakes and ways to avoid them.
- You are inappropriate. LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals so adjust your behavior accordingly. A lot of hiring managers use the site to recruit their next employee and by being improper, you may have just ruined your chances of getting your dream job — or any job, for that matter.
- You do not go beyond your first-degree connections. Your connections are great channels for opening new doors to you but if you find contacts beyond the first degree useless, then you have just closed a lot of doors for yourself. Your connections have their own networks and you might be able to find a valuable business contact one of these days that can be introduced to you by your first-degree connection.
- You do not pay attention to your Activity Feed. This feed is a report of sorts that will tell you what your network is up to, what they find important, and what they are talking about. Building relationships with your connections entails listening to see what works and what does not.
- You do not post any updates at all. It has been said that “sharing is caring” and in LinkedIn’s case, this is very much the truth. By posting updates, you inadvertently let people know that you are involved while giving them a glimpse into your interests. This also gives your connections a chance to leave comments or likes, building rapport between the both of you.
- You give and automatically expect something in return. A great thing about LinkedIn is that your connections can write you recommendations that are prominently featured on your profile. Some people get these recommendations because they did their jobs very well while some have them because they either asked people for one or wrote a connection one first. If you write recommendations for the sake of getting one back, you have LinkedIn all wrong. Even worse, some people ask for recommendations from connections that have no inkling regarding their professional capacity. This seems a little desperate, does it not? When you give a recommendation, make sure you are doing it because the person is deserving of it. Be sincere, honest, and expect nothing in return.
- You think LinkedIn is a one-way street. The whole purpose of social networking is to interact and reach out. LinkedIn has made it easy for its users to do that but if you cannot bring yourself to do a clicks with your mouse to endorse someone deserving, you should not even be on LinkedIn at all. Communication works when both parties give so make sure LinkedIn is doing its job by doing yours.
- You use LinkedIn as a means to a very near end. If you leave your LinkedIn profile alone most of the time and only use it when you need something, it will not work well in your favor. The process of making connections does not happen overnight and if you took a little time each day to build a network, you would not have to scramble at the last minute.