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Get Ahead on LinkedIn

linkedin.pngLinkedIn is starting to make inroads into the Australian professional community, and yours truly succumbed this week. So Wired’s How-to Wiki on how to get ahead on LinkedIn was timely.
They suggest that you keep your profile professional (save the quirky personal hobbies for MySpace) and that you expand your network by helping others rather than asking for recommendations and introductions:

Want a thumbs-up recommendation next to your profile, but don’t want to
bribe your contacts? Write a recommendation for someone else first,
Alba says. When a colleague reads your glowing review of his business
prowess, he’ll be more inclined to reciprocate.

If you want someone in your network to introduce you to one of their network, then you need to have something relevant to offer, not just a sales pitch or a request for help:

Utilize social graces with a professional message describing your
general interest or an informational interview.”When I see your
message, I’m looking for something that isn’t ‘join my Shaklee
business,’” Alba says. “I want to see significant reasons for me to
open my network, endorse you, and feel confident.”

Any Aussie LinkedIn users out there care to share their power networking tips?

Get Ahead on LinkedIn [Wired]