Here are 5 more tips to avoid perpetuating the usual bad habits on LinkedIn (yesterday I gave you 5):
- LinkedIn is ever-changing. Stay up to speed with it, in each iteration. A good habit is to read the LinkedIn Blog daily. Subscribe so it comes to your email box. Think how you can take advantage of LinkedIn and its constant improvements.A bad habit: letting yourself fall behind, as you may miss an opportunity.
- You get LinkedIn messages all the time. People change jobs, they publish Posts, request connecting with you (caveat connector), they have birthdays (and I still wish that part was left off LinkedIn, but oh well!) A bad habit is to let all these messages stack up in your LinkedIn mailbox. A good habit is to peruse your LinkedIn mail at least daily and congratulate others on their achievements and/or give them “atta-boys/-girls” for their latest announcement. Also tie your LinkedIn account to an email address you routinely follow so as not to miss anything juicy.
- Continuing the conversation on the above habit above, just giving a “like” to someone’s share or Post is not a good habit; a better habit is a personalized comment in a few words, or adding a comment and sharing something you receive with a single connection, or with your connections, or a Group. Spend the time. Be encouraging. Go further than a click of the “like” button.
- Be easily and always accessible. Make sure your contact details on LinkedIn include all ways to get a hold of you. A good habit is to realize that some people prefer to text you, others to email, and others to call. A bad habit is to make them work to find your address or phone number, as they may just give up and never contact you out of frustration.
- Wrapping up these top 10 good habits, this is possibly the hardest: be sure you have used the best choice of words to clarify your points, and remember the audience may or may not be a part of your industry so refrain from acronyms and techno-jargon. A bad habit is to oversimplify and bullet point everything like a cut-paste job from your resume. Don’t go overboard the opposite extreme and confound the reader (who is attention-deprived to start with). A good habit is to make your voice heard just as if you were speaking to the reader, using pronouns such as “I” and “we” where appropriate and power verbs. Make the reader want to contact you to know more about you and your career work. You never know who is taking the time to read about you …or who left in a hurry out of frustration! Not too hot or too cool, but JUST right.