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Before You Spring Into Networking Action — Clean It Up!

By March 20, 2018January 21st, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

First day of spring, so a few housekeeping suggestions to clean-up your networking before you blindly launch into another season of bad habits…

Unsure who to accept or reject on LinkedIn? Consult this flowchart — and if you’re looking to connect with others on LinkedIn, read it too, as it advises recipients of your impersonal, generic “I’d like to connect with you” outreach to delete such request, pronto!

If I don’t know you, why should I…no, I’m not alone in my annoyance with unsolicited outreach on social platforms. Perspective in The Washington Post.

Spruce up your LinkedIn profile before you start reaching out! A wonderfully crafted first-impression email will hit the WTW wall if your LinkedIn profile doesn’t align with the professionalism of your prose.

New season, new job thoughts? If you’re coming out of career hibernation and seeking a new role or switching industries, then understand how to prowl around the internet, properly.

Is there a burning network building question you need solved (and haven’t found an answer for in Build Your Dream Network)? Ask me.

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at