5 terrible LinkedIn habits—and why and how you should break them

You might be your organization’s ‘Yoda for Branding’ with the avatar to back it up, but your fellow professionals might not fancy that—if you even turn up in search results. Wise up.

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LinkedIn is a prime platform for gaining professional insights and career advice and, of course, for networking.

As many good ways as there are to connect via LinkedIn, there are probably twice as many bad ones. Here are five common LinkedIn faux pas that the overly eager commit:

1. Thanking me for every post

Though many believe that thanking someone for every post makes them engaged, it actually makes you look like you have too much time on your hands.

If every time I post something I immediately get an automated message from you, it looks as though you didn’t read the post. There is no way this will make you look good.

If you’re a job seeker, it looks like you’re desperate for my approval and do not understand how social media works. If you’re a potential client or vendor, it says the same thing. The same goes for liking every one of my updates.

Instead, try adding value by adding a comment about specific parts of an article that resonated with you, or by doing what every author wants, sharing the content on your own timeline.

2. Having an icon or strange image for your picture

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