Doesn’t matter whether you work or own a business, a good LINKEDIN profile can do wonders for your profession. LINKEDIN helps you to connect to the right people and build that all-important network. However, since we have no prior knowledge on how to use LINKEDIN effectively, we tend to make mistakes which we shouldn’t be making at all.
So it’s good to know those ten mistakes, which if avoided, can truly help you to have an effective LINKEDIN profile.
1. No sharing of personal data:
Remember! LINKEDIN is a professional connect website. While uploading your professional data you need to segregate and avoid putting your personal information.
Displaying any type of personal data may lead to unwanted calls and call for disturbance in both your personal and professional life.
2. Keep in mind the compliance rules before putting any company data:
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Every organization has a risk & compliance policy which should be kept in mind by the employee and these data shouldn’t be shared. It can take you to a legal door as well. Additionally the company will then have a right to sue you too.
Thus avoid sharing such data and keep yourself between the required regulations; follow only the professional requirements and keep yourself within the compliance rules.
3. Verified connections:
LINKEDIN being a professional connect; one should accept connections of colleague, friends, family and acquaintances’. It is suggested that known people should only be trusted to avoid any kind of profile hacking and tracking of unnecessary uploads in the website.
Weird names, No profile pictures and adding people without connections should be an alert.
4. Professional approach:
Here we add people from our work world. They can be the Past and the Present. A choice can be made from our past or present bosses, super bosses’ and even onshore clients and counterparts who view our profiles. The profile picture should be a decent one; because it’s rightly said that first impression is the last impression.
A right professional picture can build an image of an individual.Avoid putting casual profile pictures which can mislead people of the informal approach. Remember, you are of the image you carry.
5. A bad day at work can never be a suggested post in LINKEDIN:
Avoid writing about such bad days in your profile. This affects the company’s reputation and yours’ too.
Always remember that your one such mistake in your profile can take your life for a toss at your workplace. Be careful and avoid such mistakes.
6. Update LINKEDIN Profile:
Always update your profile in LINKEDIN as per your new job or profession or any new qualification. The recruiters find you and contact you when needed.
Updating your current profile in LINKEDIN will get you noticed by the right people and you can be the click of the day. Avoid being a person who is irregular to update his/her profile.
7. Knowledge sharing:
In LINKEDIN never be confined to people of only your work background. Have connections from different fields and work cultures. This not only makes your connections wide, but also makes you aware of lot of posts about different fields.
Learning is always fun, so avoid being confined to a smaller and similar group of people.
8. Upload a presentation:
Presentations are the buzz word today. Precise and to the point! While using this function in LINKEDIN be careful not to upload any type of internal or confidential presentation of an organization. Any exposure to the “confidential”, earmarks your negativity, to your road to success.
Any confidential data should remain confidential and not be exposed. This doesn’t mean no presentations! Upload a presentation that will expose your personality and, your knowledge. Share them and get noticed.
9. Avoid keeping a connection who is using abusive language or is updating confidential documents of any company:
Avoid keeping any type of connection with persons who are not following a professional behavior in any way. To remove a connection, go to your connections, the particular connection, then in more option you have an option called remove connection.
10. You are known by the company you keep:
Your LINKEDIN profile portrays you as a person in your professional network to the world. Make sure you choose the right people to connect with.
Avoid accepting any and every invitation you receive. In the connections you keep the quality should matter and not the quantity.
Hope reading these mistakes has made things easier for you in regards to your LINKEDIN profile. Surf safe and happy reading!
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