LinkedIn – My Way – Part 4

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Getting people to write recommendations
You have a complete profile and now you have contacts. The last thing you need is someone to endorse your career path. LinkedIn demands a minimum of 3 recommendations to make your profile complete. To a newbie to LinkedIn, to get this done requires some effort.

Go back to your notepad and open your contacts. Start listing potential recommender for each job/educational qualification. The list should mostly comprise of people who are above you in the organizational hierarchy. Avoid classmates / other students with whom you studied with. Co-workers in exact same hierarchy level as yours should also be avoided. Once this done, classify them based on hierarchy

Most Desired (CEO of the company/ Dean ),
More Desired (The Plant Manager/Head of the Department),
Desired (your manager/ your guide),
Others (Other managers in the company/ Other Professors).
Last options (co-workers/project team mates) – Use when you have exhausted the other 4 options

Note: This is also a reality check on your networking skill set: If you don’t find anybody to write you a recommendation, you need to take a look back on your networking skills. You are missing out some thing important.

So you now for each job/education have about 2-3 people if not more to write you a recommendation. Start with your desired recommenders. Speak to them offline (hopefully you see them daily or if they are from your previous company/university – you are in touch with them through email and phone). Most probably they will agree to write you a recommendation. Once you have established an offline/ oral need, go ahead and send them a recommendation request. A polite reminder after 2 weeks, followed by another offline chat would help incase they have not executed your request. While one needs to be aggressive, one should not be perceived as pestering or pushy.

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LinkedIn – My Way – Part 3

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How to add people – Rules and Norms:
You have now created your profile and are ready to add people. Even before you think of this, a few of your more enthusiastic LinkedIn friends would have already sent you requests. Review them and add them. Remember, adding complete strangers is not the best idea especially if their invitation mail doesn’t contain any clue as to they are/ or don’t share a huge bunch of mutual friends/ or if you find nothing in common with them.

Now this is how you build your network,

Look for you academic classmates/ professional co-workers:

You will generally have about 50 -100 people who recognize you by face and name on LinkedIn. You can either find these people by looking through mutual friends, LinkedIn network recommendations, LinkedIn contact finder tools. These are the people who help your network grow and will be the biggest chunk of your network. But they really are not the people who will help you grow by writing recommendations and stuff like that. For people you think will recognize you immediately, send them the default LinkedIn add request.

Your academic faculty/professional bosses:

These are very important network connections. They are the people who will write recommendations and endorse your past career. Search and find them on LinkedIn. Once found, add them by composing a few line message something like

“Dear Dr. X,

If you remember, I had taken your course XX511: – “something” while doing my post graduation in ABC University. I had found the course very interesting and today, I use some of those classroom principals as a part of my job. It would be nice, if you would accept my LinkedIn invitation.

Thanks in advance
With best regards

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