Business Etiquette: Professional Networking Sites, Including LinkedIn - Slide 7

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When members of your network request introductions to your other contacts, don’t immediately agree, particularly, if you don’t know the person who is making the request very well. Your reputation is on the line if your contact ends up becoming a nuisance to that individual. It also is common practice now for “hyper networkers” to add as many LinkedIn connections as possible to mine data from your profile and those of your friends.

Are you linking in or being left out? Professional networking sites are among the most popular ways of nurturing professional relationships today. Networking online is no different than rubbing shoulders at in-person networking events – it’s important to make a positive impression and follow the rules of the road. Robert Half has compiled ways to get the most out of LinkedIn and similar websites.

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