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Q&A: LinkedIn Etiquette
Here are some guidelines for minding your e-manners.
Q: How often should I check LinkedIn?
A: While logging in daily is ideal, what’s most important
is that you maintain a consistent presence and respond
to messages and connection requests in a timely
fashion. LinkedIn will send you a Network Update once a
week or once a day -- you can use that email as a
reminder to log in and send someone a note, respond to
a request or post to a group discussion.
Q: How do I make sure my LinkedIn profile
is professional?
A: First, be totally truthful and never stretch the facts --
remember that your profile is public. Next, post a photo
that is professionally appropriate (no pets, quirky
backgrounds or funny expressions). Finally, write up
your experience and credentials as you would present
them on a resume or cover letter. Your writing can be a
little less formal on LinkedIn, but proper grammar,
spelling and proofreading are essential.
Q: What’s the best way to request to
connect with someone?
A: LinkedIn provides a basic message “I'd like to add you
to my professional network on LinkedIn,” but it’s a good
idea to customize your requests. You’ll get a better
response rate if you write a brief, personalized, polite
note to each potential connection reminding them how
you met (if necessary) and explaining why you’re
interested in connecting -- e.g., to ask for advice or to
keep in touch after meeting at a conference.
Q: How do I ask for an introduction?
A: When you request an introduction, you’ll be prompted
to write a note to your mutual connection and then a
separate note to the person you want to meet. In both
cases, draft a compelling subject line and a short note
that introduces you and explains why you hope to
connect. Just remember never to ask directly for a job –
it’s neither polite nor appropriate.
Q: What should I do if someone doesn’t
respond to my connection request or
message?
A: There is no guarantee that everyone you want to
connect with will want to connect with you. If you haven’t
heard from a potential connection in over a month, it’s
okay to send that person an email to say that you’ve
reached out and would like to connect. If that doesn’t
work, it’s best to move on to people who are more
interested or responsive.
Q: How many groups should I join?
A: The number of groups you belong to on LinkedIn
should reflect approximately the number of professional
affiliations you have (or want to have) in real life. For
instance, if you attend college, are an accounting major
and love social media, it would be great to join your
alumni group, an accounting group or two and a social
media group or two. To get the most benefit from group
participation, quality trumps quantity.
Q: What is the most polite way to ask
someone to write a recommendation?
A: Most importantly, you want to request
recommendations from people who really know you and
your work, such as former bosses or professors.
Customize each Recommendation Request with a polite,
gracious and personalized note, and provide a few
words outlining the accomplishments or qualities this
person might mention about you. And, of course, always
thank the person for writing the recommendation.

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LinkedIn Etiquette

  • 1. Q&A: LinkedIn Etiquette Here are some guidelines for minding your e-manners. Q: How often should I check LinkedIn? A: While logging in daily is ideal, what’s most important is that you maintain a consistent presence and respond to messages and connection requests in a timely fashion. LinkedIn will send you a Network Update once a week or once a day -- you can use that email as a reminder to log in and send someone a note, respond to a request or post to a group discussion. Q: How do I make sure my LinkedIn profile is professional? A: First, be totally truthful and never stretch the facts -- remember that your profile is public. Next, post a photo that is professionally appropriate (no pets, quirky backgrounds or funny expressions). Finally, write up your experience and credentials as you would present them on a resume or cover letter. Your writing can be a little less formal on LinkedIn, but proper grammar, spelling and proofreading are essential. Q: What’s the best way to request to connect with someone? A: LinkedIn provides a basic message “I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn,” but it’s a good idea to customize your requests. You’ll get a better response rate if you write a brief, personalized, polite note to each potential connection reminding them how you met (if necessary) and explaining why you’re interested in connecting -- e.g., to ask for advice or to keep in touch after meeting at a conference. Q: How do I ask for an introduction? A: When you request an introduction, you’ll be prompted to write a note to your mutual connection and then a separate note to the person you want to meet. In both cases, draft a compelling subject line and a short note that introduces you and explains why you hope to connect. Just remember never to ask directly for a job – it’s neither polite nor appropriate. Q: What should I do if someone doesn’t respond to my connection request or message? A: There is no guarantee that everyone you want to connect with will want to connect with you. If you haven’t heard from a potential connection in over a month, it’s okay to send that person an email to say that you’ve reached out and would like to connect. If that doesn’t work, it’s best to move on to people who are more interested or responsive. Q: How many groups should I join? A: The number of groups you belong to on LinkedIn should reflect approximately the number of professional affiliations you have (or want to have) in real life. For instance, if you attend college, are an accounting major and love social media, it would be great to join your alumni group, an accounting group or two and a social media group or two. To get the most benefit from group participation, quality trumps quantity. Q: What is the most polite way to ask someone to write a recommendation? A: Most importantly, you want to request recommendations from people who really know you and your work, such as former bosses or professors. Customize each Recommendation Request with a polite, gracious and personalized note, and provide a few words outlining the accomplishments or qualities this person might mention about you. And, of course, always thank the person for writing the recommendation.