Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for LinkedIn

At next week’s March 22nd meeting of the Boulder Marketing Group (BMG), Liz Ryan will talk about the new career art of online networking. Liz is the author of Happy About Online Networking, a national speaker on the topic, and the CEO of WorldWIT, the world’s largest online community for professional women. Here’s some of what she has to say about LinkedIn…

“If you are job-seeking, you need to join LinkedIn, an essential job-search tool. If you’re not on a job search but you’re into online networking; or want to acquire new partners or clients; or otherwise want to rev up your networking activity level, you should likewise become a LinkedIn user, in my view. All that being said, there are some iron-clad rules for polite and professional use of the network…

1) DO connect to your “real-world” friends.

2) DON’T become an Invitation Spammer.

3) DO unto others….    

4) DON’T make assumptions about your own irresistibility.

5) DO keep your profile current.

6) DON’T confuse quantity for quality.

7) DON’T pass along questionable requests.

8) DON’T abuse the Find Colleagues feature.

9) DO join the PowerForum.

10) DO disconnect from bad apples when you need to.

“Finally, it’s worth noting that LinkedIn gives you the ability to disconnect from other users if you find that the connection no longer works for you. If you’re plagued by inappropriate requests or other annoyances from one of your connections, you can cut the cord and save yourself from recurring headaches. Some people just don’t get the notion of an online community with standards and norms; and it’s not your job to teach them how to behave. Just move on…”

Read the full article here.