Use LinkedIn The Right Way

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  1. Sreesha says:

    This is superb. The way you’ve laid it all out is so useful. That line about it not being your pet’s career totally cracked me up!
    That said though, people have started using it as any other social networking site. This is getting annoying. And sad to say this but a lot of bloggers with personal blogs are linking in here, and suddenly all these poems crop up on their professional network. I really feel it’s unnecessary – your blog need not be a part of your career highlights – compartmentalize!
    I usually add only those I know on other forms of social media. But on LinkedIn, if I receive a request and if I see they have an active profile and share interesting articles, I end up adding them. Only cos I still think of it as a “professional network” and by that I mean, not a place to “fool around.” But sadly, the “let’s frandship” brigade has arrived on LinkedIn now as well :\
    Oh why oh why, can’t people use all this responsibly and to their benefit!
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  2. Aseem says:

    Adding on to that, I would say one can also make good use of writing posts as well as joining like minded groups on Linkedin. Through these groups and the posts you write, you get to interact with a lot of like minded individuals.

    Additionally, I wouldn’t say that Linkedin is not a job portal since it does have a fairly extensive list of jobs. But yes, you need to have all the points updated in your profile and then it makes sense to apply for jobs. Or if your profile is good enough, HRs will directly reach out to you :).

    Honestly what irritates me on Linkedin is seeing the way some people use it as if it’s Facebook or some other social media site. I am also put off when people start commenting with their numbers, email IDs on statuses which read “If looking for a job in ……, please put in your details in the comments below and we will look at your profile” Like really? :O
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  3. Great points Parul 🙂
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  4. Chaitali says:

    You totally nailed it in this article.

  5. Configcrazy says:

    Quite a good article. Brilliantly covered many aspects how to keep our LinkedIn less cluttered yet professional. We need to update our LinkedIn profile too after reading this. Thank you for such an article 🙂
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  7. Geets says:

    I made a Linked profile long back, probably in graduation years. Looks like time has come to declutter. Oops, but I doubt I remember its id and password! Well, I am really looking forward to making a new profile. Thanks for sharing those tips!

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  8. Ramya says:

    i still break my head on using Linkedin…. Just cant get to get the hang of it. !!

  9. Thanks Parul, for enlightening me with some knowledge about LinkedIn. I generally don’t use social media much because I have very very limited contacts. Sometimes I feel this could be the reason why I can’t succeed in life because I don’t have enough people on my contact list, but then I have seen people with more contacts failing as well.

  10. Shilpa Garg says:

    LinkedIn is a fab site for professional networking. Was active quite some time ago now I am dormant on it. It really helped when I was looking for a change of job. The recommendations help a lot too. People really need to use it well.

  11. People can live without technology but not without their ego!
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  12. Vishal says:

    Whatever you have mentioned people shouldn’t do is exactly what they do. They can’t get it into their heads that LinkedIn is a social networking platform with a different purpose. Even here, people brag about the number of their connections, however irrelevant, and post status updates like they are on Facebook. And one thing that really puts me off is ‘actively looking for a change’. How can they forget that their seniors are on LinkedIn too?

  13. Kala Ravi says:

    Good round-up on Linked-In. Works best in professional circles, terrific networking! But nowadays, I feel twitter is working better, faster, more informal. That said, reccos from linkedin group carry more weight and clout.

  14. Ankita says:

    LinkedIn has always confused me. A part of the reason being that the kind of job that I would like to have does not match with my qualification and the job that I may get based on my qualification, that I do not wish to do. Confusing, isn’t it? Anyway, a well-written post. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Okay, I have to be honest. LinkinIn is the one social site which i have totally neglected over the years. I have neither updated my account nor responded much to people whose messages come via it.
    I guess I need to give it its due too.
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  16. Rajlakshmi says:

    I use linkedin solely for job applications and it has been a great help in finding the right opportunities and connecting to agents. Frankly, I don’t share much on it. Just like to keep everything nice, clean and to the point.
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  17. Shilpa Gupte says:

    That is a very informative (and useful) post, Parul! Especially for people like me!

  18. Suzy says:

    Very well said. Keep your linkedin interactions professional and your profile regularly updated.
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  19. BellyBytes says:

    I actually am not interested in a job but I was told to connect with Linked In only because some of my friends refuse to be on Facebook and only access my blog via LinkedIn.
    Thanks for sharing this information on LinkedIn

  20. Rekha says:

    Well laid out, Parul. Some profiles do make me wonder if they have mistaken LinkedIn for Shaadi.Com or Tinder. 😉
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  21. You know it’s my pet peeve when people find to distinct and put all kind of crap on linkedin. It reflects on their professional culture. High time to focus on career stuffs.

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