I recently had the good fortune of attending a great presentation on LinkedIn with JCI Southampton. I wasn’t expecting to learn many new things, but was pleasantly surprised. A few of the main tidbits are below.
- Have a goal. Jobseeking (present or future), headhunting or getting new customers are the most common purposes. If you don’t have a goal, it turns into a guilt free Facebook and a crippling time stealer.
- Recommendations – consider the source. Aim for recommendations from your superiors (past managers and directors), customers and former clients. Recommendations from peers and the “you do one for me and I do one for you” ones can boost your ego but are basically worthless.
- You can change your settings so that your network is not notified every time you edit your profile. Nacissists and perfectionists take note.
- Use a professional and decent photo. A photo of you skiing is only good if you are a ski instructor. It shouldn’t be much of a challenge to outdo the ugly mug that sits atop this blog.
- If you get bothered asking for a connection from someone you don’t know, you can answer their request as “I don’t know you”. If they get 3 similar responses in a week, their account will be suspended.
- You can set up your profile so that your WordPress blog is shown within it also.
- Want to expand your network? Look for a LION. These Linked In Open Networkers have 500+ connections and are hubs that can increase your network exponentially.
- Looking for a job or employee? Try http://www.linkedin.com/signal. This scans people’s recent updates and comments.
I couldn’t end without posting my own LinkedIn profile as well, linkedin.com/in/developermikewebb. If you like this post or blog, don’t be shy, make a connection.