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8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes

LinkedIn is not just another social network like Twitter where anything goes. Avoid these "don'ts" and avoid becoming a LinkedIn pariah.
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If you want to network professionally today, you have to be on LinkedIn. And, just as in face-to-face interactions, there are some specific no-no's when it comes to communication and collaboration on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn hangs its hat on being the most businesslike of the major public social networks, and many people who would never dream of liking something on Facebook or tweeting status updates on Twitter will participate on LinkedIn. Many people, on the other hand, are pros at using social networks and might think of LinkedIn as just one more. That would be a mistake. One of the biggest missteps people make on LinkedIn is treating it like any other social network. Think of it like flip-flops: Would you wear them to a job interview? Probably not. Likewise, you shouldn't do the virtual equivalent of kicking off your shoes on LinkedIn.

Another way in which people sometimes falter on LinkedIn is by taking advantage of their connections. Yes, it's really cool that you are directly connected to the CEO of your company, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you should direct message her on the network. And just because you have, say, 500 connections, it doesn't mean that you should be sending out 500 requests for recommendations. As in real-life business situations, discretion, judiciousness and courtesy should guide your interactions on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn has been making many changes to its interface lately, and some of the features have been met with more enthusiasm than others. Endorsements have been a particularly prickly subject, with many people believing they are meaningless or manipulative. It's important to keep abreast of changes to LinkedIn's platform, and to develop an understanding of how new features are being used and perhaps even abused. You don't want to be the one in breach of some unwritten rule. Two other mistakes people tend to make on LinkedIn are to do too much or to do nothing at all.

In trying to get into the spirit of using LinkedIn, it can be easy to go overboard updating your status, requesting connections and joining groups. But watch out. These activities can be perceived as spamming your connections.

Doing nothing, on the other hand, can be even more problematic because it renders you almost invisible and negates the very purpose of being on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is one of the most powerful networking tools out there, and it grows in power as more people see it as the de facto professional social network. Doing nothing can be the worst LinkedIn no-no of all.

Dig into our slideshow to get a grip on LinkedIn manners.

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asksqn
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asksqn,
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1/29/2014 | 4:26:45 PM
Lest We Forget
LI is the only social network that lets anyone with an internet connection and/or bogus account see every detail of your profile. Sure, you can keep your connections/updates to yourself, but nothing else. This means that whatever you have in your profile -employer name/address, personal contact info, indeed, every last lurid detail you may have on a paper resume will be visible to anyone who cares to take a look, including anonymous browsers who may or may not use the info for their own nefarious purposes. Case in point: Anna Rihtar's own personal horror story of a former employer stalking her on LI and being powerless to do anything about it despite restraining orders against him.

If the ability for any social deviant to check out your data on LI bothers you, then join our groups on LI and Google+ and help us propel Jeff Weiner to get off his duff and implement a viable privacy/blocking feature for LI members.

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DavidGP
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DavidGP,
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9/17/2013 | 1:06:40 PM
re: 8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes
Well, that is humanity, using FaceBook like LinkedIn and vice versa. It is already there and not likely to leave. Some groups are for professionals, but they usually do not exclude unpaid volunteers and non-clergy.

Religion on LinkedIn seems a bit more cordial, but unfortunately often long winded, between long posts and posting without attempting to discover where the dialog has already gone.

If you want a world where you are neither required to have a religion nor required to hide it, you have to live it. Generally the title of the groups where I post tell you if I am speaking on technical or religious topics.
RonC640
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RonC640,
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9/17/2013 | 8:50:06 AM
re: 8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes
I didn't knew such matters as religion gets discussed on LinkedIn? I certainly don't think it's a good idea... unless I suppose, religion is your profession.
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DavidGP,
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3/2/2013 | 6:36:15 PM
re: 8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes
I ma almost tempted to have two LinkedIn profiles, for while on one hand it fits with my professional life and related intellectual pursuits, I also contribute many social and religious discussions there. I think that, for some odd reason, there is more religious discussion there than almost any other place. I am a Systems Analyst, but also a Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church. What does that do in a world where your resume tries to disclose no age, culture, religion?
Melanie Rodier
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Melanie Rodier,
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2/27/2013 | 4:47:50 PM
re: 8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes
Very informative. It's interesting that many people post their entire, detailed resume on LinkedIn. I can see that it's helpful for potential employers and interesting for business contacts, but I wonder whether it might still be worth leaving off some details, so that potential hiring managers and employers want to find out more, outside LinkedIn? It seems that by providing too many details you might be shutting yourself out of some opportunities.
Deirdre Blake
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Deirdre Blake,
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2/26/2013 | 6:47:39 PM
re: 8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes
Well it is like Facebook to a degree. But I honestly do use it as an online professional database/rolodex. It's pretty handy for finding former colleagues or contacts I haven't worked with in a while; and if people update their profiles with relevant information, so much the better. But I am definitely guilty of a lot of these no nos--guess it's time to go update my profile.
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lkelly18901,
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2/25/2013 | 9:59:16 PM
re: 8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes
It's Facebook with pretense. Not worth the read.
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celkins303,
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2/25/2013 | 6:51:34 PM
re: 8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes
If, as you stipulate, LinkedIn is not just another social network; then one common mistake not mentioned is posting questions or comments that contain many grammar and spelling errors. Potential employers may look at LinkedIn postings to determine if claimed 'excellent communication skills' are reflected in public forums. A few errors made in haste across many entries can be forgiven, a pattern of not checking what has been written is not a good sign.
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