What is the difference between an amazing networker and an amateur? The latter makes blunders.
There are too many articles, guides, and blogs about what you should do on LinkedIn, how you should present yourself, how you should network, and so on. Very little has been said about what you shouldn’t do. In reality, doing the wrong things is worse than doing the right things. Therefore it is important to learn of the blunders you are making and to rectify them before it is too late.
You are Greedy
Giving recommendations just because you want them to give you recommendations in return is downright absurd. The person you recommend may not even know you professionally. How would he genuinely recommend you then? Your recommendations should be sincere. If you don’t want to recommend someone wholeheartedly you shouldn’t do it at all. Don’t recommend just because you expect the favor back.
You Don’t Network Properly
It doesn’t take much to endorse someone on LinkedIn. Yet, there are people who don’t do it. Endorsing someone shows that you respect them and value their skills. It will help them with their profile and you will improve your network at the same time.
You Make Connections Only When you Need them
Many people reach out and make connections only when they see the dire need to do so. That is not how you should work on LinkedIn. Start building connections from the beginning itself without waiting for the last moment. Waiting will make matters really bad when the need arises because you will be hasty and you will make even more blunders as a result.
You are Not Active
LinkedIn, just like other social media platforms, requires you to be active and to participate. When you share videos, articles, and other such posts, you will always be in the light. Your connections will know what’s going on with you and if they see anything that interests them, they will connect with you as well.
You are Very Generic
When you request a connection, do you simply use the auto-generated text? Most of you surely do. Of course all of us are busy but starting a relationship with someone with an auto-generated text is not the right thing to do. It won’t take you more than a few seconds to write a personal message. This will prove that you are really interested in establishing the connection and that you are not randomly connecting with everyone you come across.
If LinkedIn hasn’t been working for you it may be because you are making one or more of these mistakes. Identify and rectify them.
LinkedIn is an excellent place to spread your network but it is important to avoid common mistakes such as not caring enough to be active, not personalizing your text, not making connections until you need them, and so on. Avoid such mistakes to get things going for you on LinkedIn.