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Connecting on LinkedIn without looking like a spammer

Connecting on LinkedIn without looking like a spammer

LinkedIn is a professional social network where you can network with other professionals, promote our CV or locate career opportunities. Like any communication tool, is a medium that helps us connect with other professionals but to work, we must also do our part and upload your CV and hope for a miracle . With the idea of getting the best performance possible in this network, we have devoted a few minutes to talk about best practices , to use the available tools to connect with other professionals or to give more dynamism to our profile, some ideas concerning may share content through this social network.

As we commented MariliĀ­n when we spoke of good practice, although one of the objectives of LinkedIn is to network with other professionals, it is convenient to request connections to get crazy, but it is desirable to establish certain criteria when connecting with other professional. Why is important to establish certain criteria when connecting? If we want to improve our career, I think it is important to bridge the contacts we make, we establish caring relationships, interact and build contacts flee with those who do not speak and only, computed for a counter increasing.

So if we add contacts to our network without sounding like spammers, perhaps we might consider some of the following ideas:

No falsees the degree of relationship you have with the person you want to add to your network

One of the questions we do when we want to send a LinkedIn connection request to another user is whether or not we know this contact because we’re friends, we worked together, we’ve done some business or have known for some other reason.

LinkedIn also offers as an option the possibility to declare that we do not know the person you want to add but if we choose, LinkedIn will not send the connection request to prevent spam and connections “like crazy”. In these situations, there are users who choose to declare that they are our friends to make sure the connection invitation filed and, really, this practice is something to be avoided because what you do is send spam to other users and is likely to never make the connection (especially if we try to contact someone picky manage your professional network).

While we can find users who accept all kinds of connections, there are many who value prior relationships (in events, friends, work on projects, etc.) before accepting a connection and, in the case of having a special interest in connecting with users who do not know, we can always rely on our network so that we submit.

Take time to create a custom message

Another typical error is not spending time connections that we make, that is, not to sow and yet expect to collect. What I mean by “seed”? Planting begins with the message we sent to request a connection, a message that LinkedIn presents a generic text that can change and that, surprisingly, not many people usually tweak, adjust or customize.

Each professional you want to connect must take it as “a unique case” and as such, we must send a personalized message in the same way that, during an event, it would address everyone with the same speech prefabricated.

Do not send messages in other languages to people who speak yours

LinkedIn offers the ability to write our profile in English and Spanish, in fact there are many people who have a profile written in English and is shown by default.

In the case of having a configuration, when sending a connection request to another user, the default message will be released in English and, personally, is something that grates enough if the person you send the application lives in your town or working you and speak Castilian.

Think for a moment before giving the connect button

Add contacts simply by increasing the size of our network has no meaning, it is important to have criteria when connecting and search profiles to fit our objectives or strategy (same professional activity related to our industry contacts or business partnership opportunities or new projects, etc).

This is not to say that we can not connect with all kinds of users, only if we connect with people from very different profile to ours or interests that have nothing to do with us, you’re likely to see activity that we see things not interest us and we look noise.

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