LinkedIn Tip: It’s who you know…who you really know!

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Posted January 20, 2011 by Marcy Twete in Networking Buzz

Yet another LinkedIn tip. LinkedIn is useful for many things, finding information about people you want to know, certainly. But LinkedIn connections are not. LinkedIn connections are for people you actually know, not the ones you want to know.

If you want to connect with someone on LinkedIn who you don’t know, don’t just send them a connection request. Because, trust me, my immediate instinct is, “I don’t know you. Ignore.” Instead, send them a message. If you don’t have an upgraded account, find their Twitter or email address with a Google Search. Or, call them directly at their company. Introduce yourself. Explain why you think a relationship with them would help you and them, and ask for an in-person meeting. After that meeting, then, they are a viable LinkedIn relationship.

If someone couldn’t say A) what you look like and B) at least one nice thing about your work, they probably shouldn’t be on your LinkedIn connections.

Of course, many people use LinkedIn differently. But for me, in order to get on my connections list, I have to have met you at least once.


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

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