As the late, great Michael Scott once said, “I don’t want somebody sucking up to me because they think I’m going to help their career. I want them sucking up to me because they genuinely love me.”
When you post on LinkedIn or interact with your connections, you don’t want them to think you’re sucking up… you want them to think you’re genuinely sharing information because it would benefit them.
Now, I’m not telling you to take all of Scott’s advice, because that may lead you down a troubling path, but maybe consider some of these tips today. They may be worthwhile to you or you may just enjoy the memes from The Office (a personal favorite of mine).
Either way, enjoy and happy networking!
DO: Let your connections know you are on the job market, even if you’re in denial about graduating.
It’s ok to post, “I’m currently looking for a full-time electrical engineering position in Chicago, IL. If you know of any jobs that would be a good fit, please let me know.” This will keep you in the back of your followers mind if they do come across such a position.
DO NOT: Post details about your career search.
A timeless mistake I see a lot of college students posting is the…”Had a great time at the career fair today talking to P&G, Caterpillar, and Kohl’s.” This post can be harmful in a lot of ways; you’ve boxed yourself into only displaying interest for these companies, it could come off as bragging, and it may show that you aren’t interested in finding a specific career – just any job.
DO: Become active with industry influencers and post articles that are relevant to your career interests. Letting the content speak for itself will show your connections that you are serious about this career path.
DO NOT: Connect your Twitter account with your LinkedIn. Keep this in mind… Twitter is a cocktail party, LinkedIn is a business conference – tailor your content accordingly.
DO: Post a status about accepting a position with a company if you want to share this with your connections, but be sure to remove any content that implies you are job searching.