Networking online may seem like a piece of cake--all you have to do is befriend people on LinkedIn and send them messages asking for help, right? Well, LinkedIn isn't just a Facebook for professionals, and there are specific techniques you can use to up your game and your chances of finding your dream job. I shared with you some "dos" for networking on the web yesterday, but it's also very important to stay far and away from LinkedIn faux pas. Krista Canfield, the senior PR manager for LinkedIn, shares a couple of things you need to avoid when you're trying to leverage your online network:
- Don't just network when you need something. A "gimme gimme" mentality is a surefire way to lose professionals contacts and get deleted from people's networks. Instead, make sure you take the time to help others in your network, not because you're expecting something in return, but because you truly want them to succeed. Opportunities often arise when you reconnect with people you've lost touch with and take time to listen to what they are thinking about and working on.
- Don't just network online. Make sure you're taking the time to connect with people in person. Driving to NYC to meet a client? Flying to Dallas for a conference? Take a look through your contact list and see who's moved to that city or who you can reconnect with while you're in town. Having coffee with a former boss or grabbing lunch with an awesome client you used to work with is a heck of a lot more fun than eating alone. Plus it gives you the opportunity to rekindle relationships that may have fallen to the wayside.
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