What’s your networking style?

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 –

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

6 thoughts on “What’s your networking style?

  1. I did have one unhappy experience with LinkedIn where a recruiter found me on there and called my work phone, which isn’t listed! He must have tracked me down through my plant’s phone! Additionally, I’m happy with my company and my profile does not say I am interested in job offers!

    However, even with me not interested in changing companies, I believe having a professional network is useful. Maybe I’ll some day be in a good position to identify talent for my company. Or maybe my circumstances will change and I’ll be interested in pursuing something else.

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