Building your professional network is a must if you want to find a good job after graduation.
Last week we posted How to Use Facebook for Job Search as well as mentioned that using just a single social media site to build your network is not enough.
To date, LinkedIn remains the most powerful online platform to build a professional network for job search and referrals.
New LinkedIn Users
New LinkedIn users must be able to learn how to use the site effectively to build their network. Try to avoid the following mistakes before sending an invite:
- Sending Mass Invite to directly to New Users. [People usually don’t accept connections from strangers.]
- Incomplete Profile
- Using nicknames in the name field (e.g., "Jollyboy Rahul wants you connect with you in LinkedIn")
- Not using introductions when adding contacts.
- Treating LinkedIn as typical a social media site. (There has to be some difference between personal and professional communication.)
If you still want to send an invite a stranger, try to customize the message. Don’t use the standard message that LinkedIn provides. Include the following details in the message:
- Brief intro about you
- Reason for the invite
- What you expect from them
It’s absolutely okay to send an invite without the above messages if you know them [a friend, colleague, etc.] personally, or else, don’t make the above mentioned mistakes.
Very likely, those strangers to whom you’ve sent your invites will just hit the “I don’t know this User” button.