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

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.