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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.
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.
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 | 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.
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. 
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.
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.
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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asksqn,
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1/8/2014 | 4:32:23 PM
All bets are off
If using LI was not pay to play, these suggestions would work fine, but the thing is, members pay for the privilege of having their profiles moved up the queue to the front/center of employers. That is hardly fair or objective to the millions of jobseekers who are under/unemployed, not to mention those with the spare jack are not necessarily the best candidates. Nick Corcodilos explains LIs pay to play scheme here. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2013/08/ask-the-headhunter-is-linkedin.html
felixlgriffin
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felixlgriffin,
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1/9/2014 | 11:08:55 AM
3. You Have To Cultivate Relationships.
RE: Key is #3. "You don't maintain a relationship with your connections."

Kristen, you hit it dead on with #3.  You Have To Cultivate Relationships. So your picture is professional and current, you took it just after Christmas.. Great. But you have to build your "brand" and engage your network. Post regularly and stay relevant.  If you've taken the time to grow your network, but you don't stay connected or active, then you you basically have an online rolodex.

 Grow your network and Get to know your network. My Motto "Be Social".

One thing I make a rule to do is to send every person a "Thank you / Welcome" message and to endorse them at some point. Another thing is that I personalize it and I don't send it right away. I don't want them to think I'm a robot and I have an auto-responder connected to my profile. I want them to honestly know that they have juct connected to me. Not just a profile.

 

"Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Learn to appreciate life, and you'll find that you'll have more of it." ~ Felix L. Griffin, LinkedIn
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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1/10/2014 | 9:15:02 AM
Re: 3. You Have To Cultivate Relationships.
The thank-you/welcome message is a nice touch. Endorsements are a popular topic -- some people love them and others hate them. Do you endorse everyone you connect to, or only certain people? How do you make the distinction?
felixlgriffin
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felixlgriffin,
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1/10/2014 | 9:37:04 AM
Re: 3. You Have To Cultivate Relationships.
I don't endorse everyone I connect with on LinkedIn. I try to endorse those who I personally know and have a good business relationship with. To endorse on LinkedIn is to me as a "Like" on Facebook. I put more stock in recommendations.
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MichaelD186,
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1/13/2014 | 4:40:36 AM
LinkedIn
I agree with 1-4. Nothing is worse that receiving a generic request, especially from someone outside my industry or area.

Not so sure I agree with 5. I have had a person request a reccomendation. I was happy to do it, because I know their work reasonably well. Trolling for recommendations seems a bit desperate. I always try to write reccomendations for those I have a real life connection. 


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