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your job title is right next to your name in LinkedIn comments, so each comment can be connected right back to your current employer, which may have consequences. While standing up for what’s right is essential—and please do engage when you see fit—avoid gossiping, name-calling, or spreading negativity on a professional platform.

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MORE IDEAS FROM The Do's & Don'ts Of Networking On LinkedIn

“Slowly build up to your ask, and try to find an avenue to make a genuine connection”

Slowly build up to that ask, and try to find an avenue to make a genuine connection. You can rub someone the wrong way when leading with “what can you do for me” approach. Get to know them, and hopefully, your future ask will be mutually beneficial.

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If you are requesting to connect with a stranger on LinkedIn, always send them a message first. Whether reaching out to someone you’re inspired by or a potential work connection, don’t miss the opportunity to say hello.

Sending a connection invitation with a short message won’t bombard their inbox; it’ll be clumped under one notification. While many people accept every request, others have their own criteria when accepting new ones.

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Lastly, try your best to respond to your own messages, just like you’d like a new potential connection to respond to you. Even if the email is pitching a job you don’t want or a generic email, respond kindly when applicable.

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When you do reach out to someone on LinkedIn, take the time to write out a personal and engaging message. Chances are they’ve received many cold-messages, and you want yours to stand out. I always suggest starting with a quick compliment, like “I really admire your work.”

Be specific about what you like, and follow up the compliment with a brief introduction about yourself.

Pro tip: find a way to mention experience.

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“LinkedIn connections can be used by employers as unwritten references and can come with a lot of value.”

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LinkedIn - Facts Introduction
  1. LinkedIn has over 660 million users across the globe. Meaning the platform is one of the top social networks today.
  2. LinkedIn has a potential to improve brand awareness, build your network, boost leads and conversions, increase revenue, and more.
  3. With new social networks sprouting up constantly, LinkedIn is a platform that often gets underutilized or put on the back burner.
  4. But the truth is, LinkedIn can be extremely powerful — especially when you're aware of all the platform's hidden features that don't get nearly as much attention as they deserve.

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Purpose of Career Networking

It involves using personal, professional, academic or familial contacts to assist with a job search, achieve career goals, or learn more about your field, or another field you'd like to work in. 

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Effective LinkedIn Messages

While sending a LinkedIn message (or InMail), take note of these three factors to increase the likelihood of the message being read and responded to.

  1. Send short messages, in the range of 200-400 characters, as people are busy and it is better to be concise.
  2. The response rate is slightly better at the start of the weekday, so avoid sending on weekends.
  3. Make the message personalized, as people like to feel special. Add a name or some details unique to the individual, avoiding generic messages.

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