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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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Doing anything too much -- whether it's updating or messaging or liking or whatever -- isn't good, but doing nothing at all might be worse, at least when it comes to your career. On LinkedIn, why wouldn't you keep your profile updated, update your status with relevant news and content, connect with people you have met at conferences, and join and participate in industry-specific groups? When it comes to any social network, one of the biggest no-no's is to do nothing at all.

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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.
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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?
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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.
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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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