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Linked-In : Connect responsibly

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Next Few Weeks I plan to share the tips based on my experience using Linked In. Some of the tips are about developing a strong professional network, in general, and less about LinkedIn itself. While others are specific to LinkedIn.

First and foremost important thing when using LinkedIn is to understand it purpose. It is a professional networking portal. It is not social networking site like Orkut or facebook.

Choose Wisely

Choose Wisely

So choose wisely whom you connect to, and more importantly whom not to connect. You may know several people, and may be tempted to increase the number of connections (count), but remember to Choose Quality over Quantity.

Do not connect to people who you do not know professionally. ( Neighbors, acquaintances, relatives, childhood friends ) Do not succumb to pressure from these folks. Feel free to ignore their invites. If possible explain to them why you have not accepted their invitation.

To give example from my personal life, none of my best friends are connected to me on LinkedIn. We know each other for more than 10 years, but we have never worked together in professional environment.

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Every Tuesday I publish Tips on How to use LinkedIn effectively for your career. There are several articles that talk about this topic on the net. I present several common sense tips, based on my own experience.

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Written by Mandar Vaze

July 22, 2008 at 11:03 am

Posted in Professional

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  1. linkedin.com and realmatch.com were just added to the About.com Top 10 employment sites list.

    Updated top 10 list here:
    http://jobsearch.about.com/od/joblistings/tp/jobbanks.htm

    Ernest Richards

    July 22, 2008 at 7:06 pm

  2. […] September 16, 2008 by Mandar Vaze I’ve seen some of the profiles with lot of connections, some very few. But have you thought about why you have so many or so few connections ? I would recommend to remember this advice. […]


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