Chances are if you have a job, then you also have a LinkedIn account. But it takes much more than just signing up for a profile, uploading a photo from Facebook and pasting in your resume to make the most of your online presence. With more than 43 million users worldwide, LinkedIn is a great way to network with recruiters and leaders at your dream company, ultimately putting yourself at an advantage when it's time to apply for open positions. But if you’re "doing it wrong," you may be creating a bad online rep.
Alison Green, workplace & management consultant and advice columnist at Ask a Manager, says that while LinkedIn faux pas may not be career deal breakers, they can still end up costing you.
“It's more likely to be an opportunity cost, in that you'll be sacrificing opportunities to network with interesting people who could end up being helpful to you, getting overlooked by recruiters, and so forth,” says Green.
Avoid scaring off professional contacts by conducting a quick audit of your profile to ensure you’re not committing one of these seven LinkedIn offenses.