Wednesday, May 09, 2012


I am slowly learning the do's and don'ts of business social networking.  Here are my thoughts so far:
  • Do
    • Build relationships even when not actively job seeking
    • Use LinkedIn 
    • Organize your contacts - 400+ in one big pile is not much use
    • Share - share your knowledge, watch for those needing help, set aside 10-15 minutes regularly to look for someone on your network you can support or share something valuable with your network
    • Thank your network for their support and personally thank those who took time for you
  • Don't
    • Spam - Highlight and link to items that are valuable and have a low chance of wasting your networks time
    • Post your personal problems, issues, family etc - make sure you are remembered for the right reasons.
    • Post pictures, jokes, or anything else you wouldn't feel comfortable with sharing during an interview
    • Don't link with people unless you know for certain you want them in your network.  Quality vs Quantity!