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Grow your connections properly LinkedIn

Grow your connections properly LinkedIn

is a professional social network that has great potential and can serve as a springboard to find a job, find new career opportunities or find prospective clients or suppliers with whom to collaborate on future projects. Incredible as it may seem, there are still people who think that all you have to do is upload the LinkedIn resume and wait to see what happens when, really, cultivating a professional network takes time and effort.

Networks such as Facebook and Twitter have greatly simplified the process to establish a connection with another person. In Twitter all we have to do is follow someone if your profile is public (the vast majority), therefore, does not require any approval and we can continue to any person or entity without pairing before. Facebook has “relaxed” much the concept of “friend” and has also facilitated many connections among users, expanding their circle of friends, even people who “knows of view” or which has never coincided in person (friends of friends, people I agree some group, etc).

However, not all networks can apply the “friendship request” or “continue” to see what happens, LinkedIn is not Facebook and, of course, LinkedIn is not Twitter, therefore, can not behave in the same way and managing contacts in the same way.

It is clear that one of the objectives is to cultivate a LinkedIn professional network but have a network of contacts does not mean, as you commented MariliĀ­n when we speak of good practice , in cold blood and adding contacts into LinkedIn looking collect as many as possible connections no matter who they are, why we add, what might work or what degree of connection we have with them.

LinkedIn makes available some tools to connect with other users , for example, the form, the profiles suggested (based on contacts and common interests), groups, questions and answers, or the possibility that a common contact “make a presentation virtual “(emulating the professional networking that presents an acquaintance to another person and we exchanged business cards). All these resources are there for us to use and we go moving through the network to interact with other users (participating in group discussions, answering questions posed by other users on the Q & A) or locate contacts of interest to our personal strategy and contact them honestly.

Contact an honest?? Although the term may wonder, I think it’s pretty accurate when talking about those who confuse users function of LinkedIn with Facebook or Twitter or simply do not bother to take the “rules of game. “ A few weeks ago, we spent a few minutes talking about malpractice in LinkedIn, namely very close to the spammer behavior .

What is a spammer on LinkedIn? In my opinion, a spammer could consider a person who is dedicated to build contacts at close range without spending not even a minute to think about why you want to add a person to your network, if you have a common bond or, for example, something as simple as customizing the connection request message and avoid using the message that LinkedIn provides by default (which is the same deal to all meeting attendees with the same speech preformatted).

LinkedIn is very jealous of its users and prevents them from being approached by people that do not have any kind of relationship, that is, we can only make a direct connection with other users if this is our friend and we know because we’ve worked together (and therefore know your professional email) or we know for some other reason. That is, if there is a link classroom or prior professional, LinkedIn is not going to take the connection request, a fact that many users try to save to LinkedIn indicating that there is a previous friendship but have not seen that person in your life.

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The rodeo, which many users may see as normal, is something that does not always work and there are users who do not take it kindly and not accept applications that arrive in this way because there are other ways of connecting more appropriate (ask we present another user, for example) and, in my opinion, is a good example of the difference between Facebook and LinkedIn operation that, despite being social networks, we can not catalog them equally and therefore we can not behave in the same way.

LinkedIn is a professional social network, therefore, revolves around the world of work and business, and we find there are good opportunities for your career but, yes, it is important to properly use and manage our network based on a professional strategy help us advance our career.

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