March 26, 2015 12:00 AM | by Amira Azzouz
Things Not to Do on Linkedin
Checking Linkedin every morning is among my daily social media activities, which is why I got inspired and decided to tell you a little of things you should not do on Linkedin. You see, Linkedin is very interesting, helps you reach a wider network of like-minded individuals, and it's always great to connect with people you could potentially work with down the line. But then there are other examples of weird ways to use Linkedin, most of which have nothing to do with business. And that's why it hit me, I have to put together an article of things not to do on Linkedin. So here's my list:
1. Post the WRONG picture!
LinkedIn 101: Adding a picture to your profile, but what's equally important is adding the right picture. It all depends on which industry you're in of course, and while there are a lot of people who get it right, others have no clue what doesn't fit. An example of pictures you should not post on Linkedin is a picture with your family, a selfie, a picture where you're pretending you're not looking (who still does that?) and last but not least ones with model-like poses (but not in a flattering or professional way!)
2. Never give out 'Personal Information'
One of the most important things you should never do on Linkedin is send someone a message telling them they have a great picture, and you'd like to know them more. I know most women will relate, as this happens very often to them on Linkedin. What's even worse, and something you really shouldn't do on Linked in is giving out any personal contact details. It's like Linkedin is the new ICQ or Hi5 with tons of fish in the sea to pick from. Now seriously, why would we be interested in a creep? Wait for it, there are even worse examples in my next point!
3. Propose through Linkedin.
Yes, you've heard it right! Forty and fifty-something men sending out proposals to your inbox message on how and that you're all what they have been looking for is definitely something you should not do on Linkedin. That kind of guy might even take it to the next step, asking you to consider to get to know him as he's an honest man, very serious about you and would love to marry you. What? All you can do is laugh it off and wonder if they're high on something! Always be professional on Linkedin.
4. Handle endorsements unprofessionally.
The concept of endorsing someone you know who has brilliant skills is a great idea. However when someone you barely know, or haven't worked with yet, asks you to endorse them or even worse give them a recommendation, that's when it becomes a big NO. Never ever endorse someone you do not know on Linkedin, what would you even write?
5. Connect with random people on Linkedin.
Some people think having a big number of connections is the best way to go when it comes to Linkedin, but I'd say think of it more as a quality rather than the quantity of social network. Yes, it's good to be connected to a lot of people, but do not send out endless requests on Linkedin! Pick the people you can work with in the future, collaborate or people who work within the same industry as yours.
There, you've heard my two cents about Linkedin, now do you have anything to add to that list? Perhaps a funny story?
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