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LinkedIn: Top tips for professional etiquette

24 Jan 2013 | Added by Creating Demand

Claire Porter, the Technology Editor at www.news.com.au recently published a very interesting article about the do's and don'ts of LinkedIn. 
 
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 175 million members and growing rapidly. It connects you to trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals. Some say it is also the next big thing in recruitment. 
 
However, with features like being able to see who is viewing your profile, the ability to recommend companies or individuals for their work, and the question of professional colleague/friend overlap, the etiquette to employ when using LinkedIn is a tricky one.  
 
So, what are the top tips to staying out of trouble while using linkedin? 
 
Claire suggests the following:
  • If you are going to stalk someone's profile, for goodness sake LOG OUT. Otherwise the person whose profile you were looking at will know you were snooping around.
  • Remember that LinkedIn is a professional network, so don't put anything on your profile or write anything in groups that you wouldn't be willing to say in a meeting room of your peers.
  • Avoid bad mouthing the competition and getting sucked into arguments. It just looks bad. And who knows, you may end up having to work with these people one day.
  • Do not hit up colleagues or clients as Facebook friends. Just because you're on their LinkedIn network doesn't mean they want to let you into their personal social network.

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