So you have a LinkedIn profile—now what? Creating a name for yourself on LinkedIn is only the first and smallest step toward taking advantage of all of the networking opportunities this social platform has to offer. In order to really make a positive impression and build good relationships on LinkedIn, be sure to take these etiquette tips into consideration any time you post activity.

Personalize connection requests. If you find someone with whom you want to connect with, don’t settle for the generic ‘add me to your connections’ default message. Your connections will take a much more vested interest in supporting you on LinkedIn if you take the time to write them a short, personalized message. Always remember, it’s not about you, it’s about them. Be courteous and make them feel that you are providing value to them, and they’ll usually be more willing to connect.


Always keep it professional. Possibly the most important thing to remember about LinkedIn is that it is not Facebook or Twitter, and it should be treated very differently from these more casual platforms. LinkedIn is for sharing professional articles and updates, not what you had for lunch today. In addition to not posting Facebook-like material, don’t beg connections to like or follow your Facebook and Twitter pages on LinkedIn. This will only come off as bothersome.


Turn off notifications while updating your profile. You may not even think to do this, especially if you’re new to LinkedIn, but be courteous and turn off notifications when updating your profile. If you don’t, your connections will have to scroll through a barrage of notifications that they would probably rather not see.


Respond to messages in a timely manner. If someone sends you a message, be sure to respond to it as quickly as possible. Even if it’s someone offering you something you aren’t interested in, kindly decline, and do so right away. This will ensure that all of your connections and potential connections see you in high regards.


Don’t over share. In a similar fashion, sharing too many articles and other posts at a time will only clutter your connections’ feeds. Try to only post to LinkedIn once per day, and certainly no more than twice per day.


Don’t ask people you don’t know for recommendations and endorsements. If you’re seeking endorsements for your skills, ask people who can actually vouch for you. Asking people you don’t really know to do this will decrease your credibility, and it can be downright irritating.


Don’t make negative comments. Always keep comments on your posts and the posts of others as positive as possible, as negative comments will only reflect poorly on your character. Remember, if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.


Keeping your LinkedIn etiquette in check will ensure that you remain a valuable connection to have, increasing your chances of maintaining old connections and gaining new ones.


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