After a fast-paced #InternPro Twitter chat last night titled “Don’t Be a LinkedIn-diot: Build Your LinkedIn Profile Like a Pro,” we thought this classic infographic from Mindflash just may be what the doctor ordered.
After all, once those shiny new profiles are out there for all to see, it’s time to start flexing those personal networking muscles!
Six years ago, in a Blockbuster store of all places, I was approached by a guy who also happened to be named Adam.
As we talked, we discovered we were both in marketing; he a copywriter and me on the tech side. After 5 minutes, we knew the relationship would be mutually beneficial. That is networking!
Almost everyone, including college students and entry-level professionals, now realizes that a presence on LinkedIn is a mandatory element of career development. And more than ever, people are creating a LinkedIn profile.
Here’s the problem: most of those profiles… suck.
For many job seekers, networking as a job search strategy creates a great deal of angst; we are simply uncomfortable introducing ourselves to strangers with the hope of uncovering job leads.
But the reality is: that’s putting the horse before the cart. The first hurdle is simply finding new people – the right people –to add to your network…
In stark contrast to Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn members have developed ways to communicate with each other. As the platform has evolved, some connection and communication techniques have proven far more effective than others.
Use the wrong tools, or communicate in the wrong way – like those described below – and you may be labeled a Linkedin Loser…