LinkedIn is an open networking source. But, it’s not for everybody! Some people like privacy and do not appreciate random connection requests, e-mails, and introduction requests from strangers. I don’t blame them. It sure is a lot of extra work. And when people don’t see an immediate benefit, they are less likely to put in that effort.
I am, however, slightly different. I love open networking, especially because I believe in doing my homework in advance; so that I am ready when the opportunity arises. Through LinkedIn, I might be connected to people who can’t help me today, or may be not even tomorrow. But someone in their network sure can!
Here are a few rules that I follow while networking via on LinkedIn –
- This is a professional network – It’s great to be connected to people you already know, but networking is all about meeting new people and making new connections. Hence, I do reach out to people who interest me and also accept add requests from people I don’t really know.
- It’s all about quality for me – I like to get in touch with remarkable and successful people. They can be from any domain, any country or any background. Diversity is always good!
- I like to pay off the debt – When I graduated from college, I was constantly looking for people to get good career advice and information on job opportunities. Along the way, I made good connections and met some really kind people. I think it’s time for me to pay off the debt. I love answering questions and helping out ambitious and enthusiastic folks to get advice, connections, introductions, sharing best practices, reconnecting with ex-school mates/coworkers.
- Great way to be picked up – Having several recruiters in the network helps me be on their radar when they work on target positions. It’s like having a resume online, while still being loyal to your employer. This is great especially for new grads. It gives you an opportunity to flaunt your talents, positions and achievements in a less formal way.
So if you want to get in touch with me on LinkedIn, don’t hesitate. I also don’t mind introduction requests and recommendation requests. Just make sure you include a personal message stating your intent.
Find me on LinkedIn. See you there!