What should you not do on linkedin?

Don't add connections to your email list. Don't ask new contacts or people you don't know to back you up.

What should you not do on linkedin?

Don't add connections to your email list. Don't ask new contacts or people you don't know to back you up. LinkedIn is much more than a “set it and forget it” online resume or portfolio. If you create a profile and disappear, log in once a month, or even less, you'll miss out on connection requests from other people in your field, including recruiters and hiring decision makers.

Worse, you may miss out on messages from those who find your profile and want to talk about an opportunity that matches its origin. You'll benefit from having more than 50 connections because the platform uses them to determine if you're actively using LinkedIn or not, and LinkedIn prioritizes profiles with more than 50 connections in search results. However, the number of connections you have on LinkedIn is not a vain number. LinkedIn even limits the total number of first connections you can have to 30,000 connections and only lists “more than 500 connections” on your profile, even if you have more.

Take 10 seconds to review your posts before sharing a status update or posting an article on LinkedIn. Although you have 220 characters to write your headline, the first 70 are the most important. Why? Because this is what people see under your name when they see the app on mobile devices. Pods can lead you to share an endless amount of random and confusing content with your own followers.

Focus on Step 1 and you'll make better use of your time. In fact, HSN Beauty found that, when reviewing LinkedIn profiles, 19% of recruiters only look at your profile picture.

Vanessa Shelly
Vanessa Shelly

My name is Vanessa and I am a college student at the University of Michigan. I am majoring in communications and I love to write. I am a member of the Michigan Marching Band and I love to play the trumpet. Infuriatingly humble coffee guru.

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