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5 LinkedIn Habits To Break In 2014
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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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1/8/2014 | 9:52:26 AM
LinkedIn endorsements vs. recs
Tip no. 5 is important. I think people will continue to put more value in recommendations than endorsements. Do you agree, hiring managers?
OtherJimDonahue
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OtherJimDonahue,
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1/8/2014 | 10:22:40 AM
Endorsements
Laurianne-- Oh, LinkedIn "endorsements" are completely useless. Does anyone take them seriously? I think people collect them like Foursquare badges.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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1/8/2014 | 10:26:50 AM
Add volunteer work, too.
Another point Williams made: Add volunteer experience to your profile. Hiring managers find this valuable because "volunteers do real work -- it's not just stuffing gift bags," she said. Take credit for what you're doing, whether it's maintaining a website or helping a nonprofit in its marketing efforts. That work counts, too.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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1/8/2014 | 11:00:35 AM
Re: Endorsements
@Jim I don't actively collect them. LI sets them up to come in automatically. It regularly asks members to endore their connections, and once you endorse one person, it will ask you to endorse another 4.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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1/8/2014 | 11:07:36 AM
That boilerplate LinkedIn connection invite message
Under some circumstances, LinkedIn doesn't even give you the option of customizing the invite message - as soon as you click the button, your invite is sent. I haven't quite figured out the rules for where you do and do not get that option to customize, but it seems like from some of the "recommended contact" lists and search results, the invite gets sent before you have a chance to customize the message (assuming you wanted to). Invites sent from the mobile app also go out with the generic intro message.

I think the only sure way to get the option to customize is to navigate to the other person's profile page before clicking the connection request button.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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1/8/2014 | 11:13:00 AM
Re: Add volunteer work, too.
I think profile pictures on LinkedIn are very important. Not enough people realize this I think.

If you don't have a profile picture on LinkedIn it's like Facebook - if you don't have a picture there, it seems plain weird. 
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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1/8/2014 | 11:52:53 AM
Re: That boilerplate LinkedIn connection invite message
I navigate to the profile page to make sure I get an option to send a real message. Unless it's someone I work so closely with that it's a "d'oh, how are we not connected?" kind of request, then I let the automated one fly.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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1/8/2014 | 12:01:28 PM
Re: That boilerplate LinkedIn connection invite message
That's more or less my approach. I do think the UI could give people more clues about how this works.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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1/8/2014 | 1:47:47 PM
Re: Endorsements
I've all but stopped responding to endorcement messages. They come in so often that they are little more than noisy spam in my mailbox. Agreed that recommendations do and should continue to carry real weight.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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1/8/2014 | 2:37:09 PM
Re: That boilerplate LinkedIn connection invite message
You're right -- it is finicky about when it lets you customize the message, and it should be streamlined. That said, I'm more likely to accept a request to connect with someone I don't know who takes time to personalize it over someone who sends the boilerplate message.
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