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2. Add multimedia and links to your profile. This tip applies to anyone who can link to their work samples online, for instance designers, artists, bloggers, and the like. It should also be noted that if you’re trying to land a job in a creative field where a portfolio is required, then you better have a portfolio ready to go and easy to link to online. If your portfolio consists of work that was performed for a client, always get permission to use the finished product in your portfolio. The more samples of work you have — whether it be blog posts or graphic design samples — the merrier, so link, link, link to the fabulous work you’ve produced throughout your career.
5. Strategically promote yourself. Did you know that you can add a View My Profile badge to your email signature, blog, website, etc? Well, you can, and LinkedIn has made it super easy for you to do that with this tutorial. You want to make it easy for people to find you on LinkedIn, which means your custom URL (mentioned above) should be easily identifiable and should be listed in your contact information when sent out externally. The world we live in today is all about convenience, immediacy, and online sharing (i.e. social media), so keep this in mind when promoting yourself. If it takes more than one click to find your profile from an external link, then good luck gaining new followers — no one is going to go on a mad hunt to find you, especially not a recruiter. Promote yourself, but also make it worth the reader’s valuable and limited time.
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If there’s one inevitability in life it’s change. There’s not much else as volatile in our lives as the social media networks we use every single day.
Behind the scenes Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn roll out bug fixes and split test new features and UI to various populations on a daily basis. Then when they’ve gathered enough information, they do a big release and everyone complains.
“Oh look, Facebook updated their privacy policies again.”
Remember when we had the thumbs down option, or the Facebook Timeline that included every single post from our friends?
Remember LinkedIn Events, or when we could actually research our LinkedIn Skills, or invite other people to join us simply because we shared the same group?
When people think about the updates to social media, they mostly think of the features that were stripped away from them. That’s just how our minds work.
But what might have gone unnoticed is how easy LinkedIn is making it for total stranger to connect with one another, by way of adding new connection features in all sorts of new places; connection features that require just one click.
These days, you don’t even need to go to a separate invitation page to ask people to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can do it right from a search results page, from the mobile app, and from the You Might Also Know page that goes on endlessly. One click. Invite sent. Easy. Boilerplate language and all.
This is how easy a connection request is from the search results page on LinkedIn.
It strikes me that by way of action, LinkedIn is telling its users to connect and connect widely, despite their original terms of service, whose main thrust was/is “Only connect with people you know“.
Actions speak louder than words. And despite LinkedIn’s assertion that they only want its users to connect with known entities, their features tell us a different story. Connect and connect widely.
LinkedIn even published a study, using their Economic Graph, to show that regions with more connections have more jobs.
There are many possibilities LinkedIn is offering these new streamlined connection opportunities; market share, increasing the value of it’s recruiting and sales products, looking good in front of investors etc.
Whatever LinkedIn’s reasons, I’m glad for this change. It means more opportunities for me as a small business owner, and more opportunities for the job seekers whose LinkedIn profiles I professionally write to help them find better jobs.
To those people who continue to shun the boilerplate language they receive from invitations, I say this, “Loosen up. Most of the connection requests these days come from one button clicks where users aren’t even given an option to customize the invite.”
To those people who continue to shun the idea of connecting widely, and who continue to IDK invitations from people they don’t know, I say this, “Times have changed. LinkedIn has changed. It’s not 2006 any more. The context in which you formed that opinion no longer exists.”
As the age old adage says, “If we’re not growing, we’re dying.” or as author Terry Murray offers, “If you’re not evolving, you’re fading away.”
This odd fixation from a large number of uptight and inflexible LinkedIn users needs to get corrected. They are not only doing a disservice to the people in their network, they are essentially shooting their own professional networking in the foot. They will be limping to the finish line.
Here are five reasons why your IDK policy needs to change:
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by Hannah Tighe
It seems every day there is more evidence to show that LinkedIn is an incredible tool for creating strategic relationships, boosting your reputation, and generating more leads. But just because the tool is valuable doesn’t mean that everyone is using it properly.
If you aren’t getting the results out of LinkedIn that you were hoping, consider asking yourself if you are making any of the following mistakes. These common trip-ups could be limiting your success before you even start. Keep on reading to discover the top LinkedIn blunders people make — and how to avoid making them yourself.
1) Notifying your network every time you make a change to your profile.
Why This Makes Your Connections Cringe
People are notified in their feed every time you make a change. So if you change your headline, realize the next day that you forgot to add a word, and then change it again, it is broadcasting to your network. While it is fine to occasionally update your profile and promote it out to your network to keep top of mind, it can get tiresome to see someone who is constantly changing small details to their profile. It shows up in your network’s already busy feeds and doesn’t add value to the reader.
What to Do Instead
If you are planning to do one quick tweak or update, then go for it. But if you are going to be making a whole slew of changes, you may want to just keep that unchecked until you have it mostly finalized. Then you can go back and decide what is the most important change to broadcast.
Quick Note: You can also confirm that you have already specified not broadcasting your profile changes by looking directly on your profile:
4) Endorsing your new connection’s skills if you haven’t seen them use that skill firsthand.
Why This Makes Your Connections Cringe
This phenomenon tends to happen quickly after accepting a new invitation. Some people may think that this is a nice way to show your appreciation of the new connection request, trying to be complimentary … but endorsing someone too early is likely to backfire on you. How can you endorse someone for something that you haven’t experienced? In doing this, it shows a lack of integrity and that your motives may be disingenuous.
What to Do Instead
Keep endorsements only to that which you have experienced firsthand. If you cannot seem to help yourself, then send a message about an article or a video series that you have viewed in which that person displayed expertise in that area, and letting them know that you will be endorsing them because of the value you gleaned. Then, it would seem more genuine.
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