There is no question that LinkedIn may be a fantastic tool to assist you in your job search. The social network was nearly engineered
The author of this simple article nailed it on the 3 most common mistakes in networking - the author relates it to using LinkedIn, but I'll expand it beyond to encompass all networking activities.
In a nutshell, here are the 3 most common mistakes we see executives make in their job search activities:
1. The don't interact with their connections. Collecting names, likes, friends, and followers is a worthless activity by itself. You must interact, engage, and communicate with your network.
2. You don't give. You ask for help, but your first thougth is not how can I help this person. The basic tenet of effective networking is to keep giving without expecting anything in return. This has always been my motto in my executive search practice, job search coaching, and social media consulting. I get close to 1/3 of my business from giving.
3. You only use networking when you need it, such as when you're conducting a job search - then you let your network DIE. 2 years later you attempt to resurrect your network and discover that the regeneration process is at least 6 months. Networking should be a year round activity, regardless of whether you are job hunting or safely employed.
IMPACT Hiring Solutions
Have you test-driven our Job Search Workbook - This is NOT the Position I Accepted
Don’t forget to join us on our popular Job Search LinkedIn Discussion Group