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Standard LinkedIn Etiquettes

Monday, 13 January 2014 10:07

LinkedIn is a phenomenal tool that hosts millions of users across the globe who want to share showcase their skills, talent or professionalism with others. It provides a professional networking platform where individuals can interact with others in regards to work-related affairs or discuss industry-specific issues. Like any other platform, it demands you to follow its code of conduct and, so, you have to comply with its norms.

1. Say No to Foul Language: Abuse and expletives are big ‘no’ on LinkedIn. In fact, it is the quickest way to get expelled from this online space. When individuals engage in a conversation, they are bound to differ in opinions. This is absolutely okay as long as it does not hurt sentiments of anybody. Freedom of expression is a right but it must not be exercised at other’s sentiments.

2. Respect the People: Most often internet users are blamed for rude behavior. As online members, we tend to misuse our faceless identity which, ultimately, results in reflecting lack of professionalism. Being online does not mean that you become cold or rude to the person on other side of screen. Remain respectful to others and observe all conversational etiquettes as you would in a one-on-one meeting. Say “please” for a request and reciprocate a favor with a “thank you”.

3. Behave Like a Professional: Remember that LinkedIn is not Facebook where you will comment on your daily activates. When you are on LinkedIn, you are visible to serious professional and therefore supposed to be serious and poised. So if you write about your weight loss issues or your days at foreign trip, professionals will find no reasons to engage with you.

4. Be Honest: Do not use your LinkedIn to gain professional mileage. Be honest about what you want with connections. It does not make right impression when you pretend to be a job seeker and end up asking favors for a business interest. Being honest from the start will give a right direction to your relation with connections and, thus, works in your benefit.

5. Be Resourceful Member Of Linkedin Community: Professional engagements demand joint participation. When you ask for recommendations, expect the same from others. Similarly, when you join a group activity, give your best contribution. Do not aim to gain benefits at the cost of others. Give your bit in LinkedIn communities to get collective outcomes in return.

6. Avoid Arguments: Do you want to get together when you are in your worst mood? Never. The same goes with LinkedIn. Do not use this forum to vent out your anger. If you are not in right frame of mind, just do not log in. As a professional, you have to show your best attitude all the time. When you abuse on a medium like LinkedIn, you make people assume negative opinions against you. Ultimately you are in conflict of interest with people who are your strongest support in your career.

7. Do Not Be Judgmental: LinkedIn is not the place to debate over right and wrong. Do not discuss philosophical, religious or ethical issues with anyone. Even when someone initiates a conversation, remain neutral and sensitive.

8. Be Polite: The whole point of observing LinkedIn etiquettes is to be respectful with people. You have to apply all formalities when dealing with your connections. Attend all your mails and reply back with proper title and salutations. If you receive an invitation from someone you do not know, kindly ask for an introduction. Courtesy is the trait of serious professionals, so that must be observed at every level on LinkedIn.

9. Never Spam: Remember that LinkedIn is not a podium to blow your trumpet. People use this website to exchange professional interests on mutual basis. By sending unwanted messages to a connection, you not only waste their time but also invite their anger. It is totally unjustified and unethical to send uncalled for messages to someone in your connections.

About the Writer:

Justin Reuban is a content marketing specialist at, a leading educational consultancy service in UK, one of the top academic consultancy service in the UK. Also contributes to education blogs as a freelance writer.