LinkedIn can be powerful and evenly damage for you if not used correctly
There are people who use social programs and notably LinkedIn, to associate with individuals they already know. "I am not even accepting his invitation since I don't understand him and never worked with him." this sentence would disturb anyone who understands what LinkedIn offers.
Is social-media not about connecting with more people and expand your horizons?
Coming to LinkedIn, it is at least centered on the assumption that you are deploying it to network and connecting with people with whom you have professional synergy. Ask yourself a question,"What is the point of using LinkedIn if that is the way you use it?"
Here are a few examples:
Including your own website
On a similar note, those who put their own internet website as part of their name and then hope that when they comment, folks will visit their website, click, and that way they are going to drive more traffic to their website? This is spammy, annoying and once more, achieves the opposite result.
Do not do that.
Adding "Looking for a new opportunity" to your name
You are searching for work, and you are using LinkedIn to assist yourself in finding one. Excellent. But setting those words “Looking for a new opportunity” as part of your actual name will help you achieve the specific opposite. If it's for someone you are trying to incorporate as an association go for: "Add me, I am someone you would like in your network".
Safer to own your name just in that area, build up your network, set a few connections, and then ask your links for their help and advice to locate your next gig.
Not telling everything you actually do at a glance
When building your Linkedin profile, and particularly if populating the subjects that people see first when getting an invitation from you, namely your name and title, think carefully, as first impressions matter.
Saying "Revenue executive" or "Business development" without the name of a company or something a bit more specific, says nothing regarding whoever got your invitation. Since everything you are a couple seconds until they decide whether to accept or reject your invitation, without a bit more context about you or a little research that you are a professional, you can't expect folks to want to add one to their network. Be special.
Starting emails using "As we're connected on linked in, I thought..."
E-mails which begin with those words "Because we're connected on LinkedIn, I presumed..." are not very effective. If we are connected on linked in, then perhaps utilize LinkedIn messaging to get hold of me personally. That way I have the context of who I'm speaking about. In any case, simply because we're connected on LinkedIn, does not mean I am interested in receiving your mass emails. Linked in is LinkedIn, my inbox is my own inbox.
Be diligent and also don't be selling all the time
You put in someone on LinkedIn and the moment they hit on "Accept," you opt to go in for the kill. Why? Would you act like that offline? Try to sell someone something before establishing just a little confidence? You wouldn't normally, because it would not do the job.
On LinkedIn, you get a fresh connection you would like to sell something too? Spend just a little time getting to learn the person and their requirements. Learn as much as possible before trying to pitch them, and then think of that person's needs, not your own personal, when throwing.
The name of this game is subtlety and you'll realize that the more you "Sell", the more you find yourself winning.
On LinkedIn, just like on any platform, the small things matter, these small things become the difference between losing the opportunity and creating one.