LinkedIn is NOT a dating site

And 3 types of inappropriate daters*. In my LinkedIn workshop I make an off-handed comment that LinkedIn is NOT a dating site. I get chuckles from the attendees, but I never seriously consider that some people try to use LinkedIn as a dating site. How wrong I've been. A conversation with a job seeker brought … Continue reading LinkedIn is NOT a dating site

15 photos that will sink your LinkedIn profile

By now it's a given that you have a photo on your LinkedIn profile. Without one, you're as good as an outcast. However, the photos I've been seeing lately raise the question, "What are people trying to convey with their photof?" Are they hitting the mark? What do I mean by this? Take the photo of … Continue reading 15 photos that will sink your LinkedIn profile

Default invites from LinkedIn members stink: 6 approaches to sending an invite

  I estimate that I ignore 90% of invites from LinkedIn members, simply because they don't include a personalized note. In fact, if I accepted all invites I'd probably have 10,000 connections in my LinkedIn network. This is not to brag; I'm just saying. Why am I so adamant about people taking the time to personalize … Continue reading Default invites from LinkedIn members stink: 6 approaches to sending an invite

LinkedIn status update etiquette. How often should you update?

I posted a status update asking LinkedIn members how often they update. Asking a question, after all, is one of the many updates you should post. The response wasn't as great as I would have like, much like when I ask my 14 year-old son how his day went. I did, however, receive answers like … Continue reading LinkedIn status update etiquette. How often should you update?

A little advice for my angry LinkedIn connection

When I was a youth, I had a friend who was angry all the time. Johnny was his name. He had a younger brother, Billy, who was a better athlete than him and more affable. Johnny was jealous of his younger brother. When we played pick up football, Johnny was the slower and less nimble of … Continue reading A little advice for my angry LinkedIn connection

8 LinkedIn types that are hurting their brand

Some people just don't get how to use LinkedIn. As a result, they're hurting their brand and it comes back to bite them in the ass in their community and their job search. Your behavior is being observed by potentional hiring managers, recruiters, HR, and other people who can help you with your job search, … Continue reading 8 LinkedIn types that are hurting their brand

30,000 LinkedIn connections. Really?!

I've read a number of posts from people who are complaining that some of their 30,000 connections are being reduced to followers. They apologize to their "valued" connections for the injustice LinkedIn has committed. (LinkedIn has made some bonehead moves in the past, such as stripping us of unlimited searches, but this is not one of them.) … Continue reading 30,000 LinkedIn connections. Really?!