NotJobs: How NOT to Get a Job via Social Networking

29 March 2009 at 2:03PM 1 comment

A few weeks ago, I found an old high school acquaintance on LinkedIn. Shortly after my invitation was accepted, she sent a blizzard of requests for introductions and job search help. No complaints there – as a recruiter in this economy, I’m used to getting asked to help with job searches. But it was glaringly obvious that my acquaintance  had not even read the profiles of the people targeted by her introduction requests.

I’m pretty strict when it comes to people using my LinkedIn network. My philosophy on LinkedIn is that introductions have to make us both look good. My bar is pretty high, which helps me keep my connections from a lot of spurious traffic. I know that this is different than other people’s introduction philosophy. So when this intro blizzard arrived, I explained my philosophy and recommended she make a few changes her introductions.

I wish I had been able to point her to Scott Hepburn’s posting on the Media Emerging Blog about How NOT to Get a Job via Social Networking. Scott makes five points on how to use these tools to wreck your job search:

  • Blank/Incomplete Profile
  • “I Need a Job” Bio
  • Connect But Don’t Engage
  • Asking for Referrals Before You’ve Earned Them
  • No Blog (Or Other “Content Central”)

Scott has some great tips on how to deal with these issues. Check them out here. He’s also asking for your thoughts on Twitter.

BTW: My new LinkedIn connection didn’t take me up on my suggestions.


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  • 1. scotthepburn  |  30 March 2009 at 7:36AM

    Thanks for the mention, Troy. It amazes me (though I guess it shouldn’t anymore) how many people botch the networking part of job hunting and business development.

    Kudos to you for having the generosity to advise an overzealous social networker. Here’s hoping others learn from this woman’s mistakes.


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