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LinkedIn - Any tips? Suggestions for new user? (1 Viewer)

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Any tips or suggestions for someone using LinkedIn for the first time?

Do you basically put your entire resume on there?

Leave it private or make public?

"Friending" bosses and coworkers a no-no?

(I had an account but disabled it awhile back. Don't think I was using it effectively to be honest though).

 
Don't let LinkedIn be one of the apps you accidentally leave open.  You can accidentally hit people then you look like some weirdo cyberstalking people in your network.

 
Any tips or suggestions for someone using LinkedIn for the first time?

Do you basically put your entire resume on there?

Leave it private or make public?

"Friending" bosses and coworkers a no-no?

(I had an account but disabled it awhile back. Don't think I was using it effectively to be honest though).
Delete it.

 
I think it depends on the kind of industry that you are in.  I connect with a lot of co-workers, but I work at a place where a lot of emphasis is put on building a global network of people within my firm.

 
If you are looking for a new job, get your profile strength up to all-star and be a LION (LinkedIn Open Networker; basically connect to anyone you can find and accept all connections).

Getting your profile to all-star status will make you show up near the top of searches, and the more people you are connected to expands how many searches will find you. Typical LinkedIn searches of someone’s network will find people up to 3 degrees of separation, and the lower the degree of separation, the higher in the results you will be.

Once you have all-star status and about 100 connections, you’ll start getting a lot of recruiters contacting you.

 
Been on LinkedIn for years and have a lot of "In Company" contacts. Our company encourages us to have our profiles there and to connect to our companies site. :shrug:

 
If you are looking for a new job, get your profile strength up to all-star and be a LION (LinkedIn Open Networker; basically connect to anyone you can find and accept all connections).

Getting your profile to all-star status will make you show up near the top of searches, and the more people you are connected to expands how many searches will find you. Typical LinkedIn searches of someone’s network will find people up to 3 degrees of separation, and the lower the degree of separation, the higher in the results you will be.

Once you have all-star status and about 100 connections, you’ll start getting a lot of recruiters contacting you.
yea, but most of them don't pay attention to details.. I constantly get "Hey, I have a great 3 month contract available in " name of State here" and they do allow telecommuting a couple days a week from home.. Had one for Texas... wanted to respond. "kind of a long commute from Wisconsin don't you think??" but just kindly declined with "wrong location"..

Also get offers from recruiters who don't know the State/Area.. Had one state "I have a great opportunity in Milwaukee that I think your skill sets are great for" .. Responded back with "That is about an 8 hours from where I live" and the response was "OK, so not in your local area?"  :lmao:

 
yea, but most of them don't pay attention to details.. I constantly get "Hey, I have a great 3 month contract available in " name of State here" and they do allow telecommuting a couple days a week from home.. Had one for Texas... wanted to respond. "kind of a long commute from Wisconsin don't you think??" but just kindly declined with "wrong location"..

Also get offers from recruiters who don't know the State/Area.. Had one state "I have a great opportunity in Milwaukee that I think your skill sets are great for" .. Responded back with "That is about an 8 hours from where I live" and the response was "OK, so not in your local area?"  :lmao:
Very true, but if you’re looking for a new job, you want to attract as many eyes as you can. A lot may not pan out,but eventually you’ll get something like what you want.

Of course then the problem is getting them to leave you alone once you have the new job.

 
Like the other 100 people that have asked me to refer them for our open FEMA production job, the answer is still no.

 
My rule is that we actually have to have had a business relationship to be contacts.  

Why don’t you want to add your boss, etc?

I would add as many people you can that would have something good to say about you.  Anytime I get a resume, I go to LinkedIn to see who the common contacts are, and I’ll reach out to those people for info.  

 
#1 - have a great profile.  Starts with a high quality photo, professionally done if possible.  Can't believe how many have no photos, pictures that are small thumbnails, some way too casual on vacations, etc.  It's a social network for business so treat it as such. 

I'd post your full work history, college, etc.  Accept connections who make sense.  Common industry with a role you might need or hire, accept it.  If I've never heard about the company or person I usually ignore if they send invite request with no contest.

If you're prospecting - get LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

 
shuke said:
Why don’t you want to add your boss, etc?
I guess I would prefer them not knowing I'm on LinkedIn. If I all of sudden got on LinkedIn, wouldn't they think I'm looking at leaving?

Maybe they will see me anyway but I just thought not connecting with them while still working for them would be best.

 
Look for the FBG group. Lots of us are members there.

And like others have said, stay away from Facebook style posting (meals, vacations, etc). I de-friend anyone who posts that sort of thing, especially anything political. I will not have my name associated with anyone who does that.

 
Judge Smails said:
#1 - have a great profile.  Starts with a high quality photo, professionally done if possible.  Can't believe how many have no photos, pictures that are small thumbnails, some way too casual on vacations, etc.  It's a social network for business so treat it as such. 

I'd post your full work history, college, etc.  Accept connections who make sense.  Common industry with a role you might need or hire, accept it.  If I've never heard about the company or person I usually ignore if they send invite request with no contest.

If you're prospecting - get LinkedIn Sales Navigator.
I have a pic of me holding up a nice salmon I caught in Alaska for my profile picture. I have most of my info up there, but could do a much better job with it. I’m just not that into it.

I guess if I ever have to find a job I’ll clean it up.

 

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