So today was my first opportunity to do some comparative analysis between these two networking tools.
I received an invitation to a business seminar from a Xing emailgroup, and although you “don’t get ‘owt for nowt”, my up-front costs are a couple of hours one evening, so I decided to accept. I trust its not one where they lock the doors 😉 , so I’ll be free to leave if I feel uncomfortable, and I can just repeat the mantra “don’t sign anything” to ward off evil contracts. Anyhow, I digress, this event is also posted up in Xing which leads to some useful benefits for a virtual networker who is looking to try a little physical networking.
Of course in this first round of the match, you must bear in mind that my LinkedIn profile has many more connections than my Xing profile, but as you’ll see that might be symptomatic of how easy LinkedIn makes it to find your real-world connections.
Yet again the promise of ten top tips includes an 11th “bonus” item – and this time its from a blogger who’s name you might actually have heard.
Actually I will applaud these recommendations because they are about getting MORE out of LinkedIn, rather that merely getting started with it like so many I’ve come across (and in some cases mentioned here).
So have a look at Guy Kawasaki’s list How to Change the World: Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn, and whilst you’re there check out some of the categories on his blog – there’s a reason you’ve likely heard his name.
Having learned plenty from LinkedIn related forums and groups, I thought I would investigate those more aligned to Xing (ex-OpenBC). As in all research this leads to many more page-impressions than to revelations, but it was worthwhile to come across the following gem.
I have come across many lists of networking tips, but this one is comprehensive and I relate to almost everything in it. Sacred Cow Dung: CHEATER’S GUIDE TO LINKEDIN v 0.1. Thanks to Christian Mayaud for sharing these with us (and to Vincent Wright for bringing it to my attention).
PS: I am still wavering over “open networking” (as opposed to my currently chosen path of quality connections only”) but perhaps I will reconsider as I try to use my connections for more specific purposes.
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So now that I have written a whole load of fantastic reasons why any sane manager would hire me on the spot, this megalomania has overflowed to the point where I am now happy to publish it to a FAR wider audience. I have made my LinkedIn profile public at http://www.linkedin.com/in/arthurmgallagher
Surely those of you out there with a sense of humour will get some kicks out of the fact that the meek, humble me from a couple a weeks ago was circumspect about ANY wider readership whatsoever, whereas the new devil-may-care self-absorbed king of a very little heap indeed is shouting his own praises merrily from the parapet.
Gosh, won’t it be embarassing for Mr Humblechops if New-super-dynamic-enlightened-positivism-man manages to get himself the job of his dreams! Still, Mr Humblechops will be happy to see that the mortgage will get paid at last!
Konstantin Guericke is one of the senior management team at LinkedIn, and a regular voice on the My LinkedIn Power Forum group, so his best practices for using the service to look for jobs will be pretty authorititive.
You can them find them in this post to Ask Dave Taylor, and although I might not end up using all 12, they look like sound advice. And just in case you’re wavering about how to do your first job search, here is Dave’s step-by-step guide to searching for jobs with LinkedIn.
In the few invitations I have made so far, I felt the boilerplate messages were too impersonal, so I wrote my own, making the act of inviting the person to connect to me a network communication event in its own right.
A LinkedInnovator, Bruce Beswick, posted to describe his own personal practices, where he takes this a step further. Rather than ignoring unsolicited invitations outright, or replying politely whilst declining for the time being like I have already done, he uses this as an opportunity to develop a new quality connection.
Scott Allen shared this list of Top Ten Linked-In Do’s and Don’ts from Liz Ryan with fellow members of the LinkedInnovators group. Although I am still a novice mysef, these look like sensible ways to avoid setting off on the wrong foot.
He also blogrolled the following, and on a quick scan I’ve already found some useful tips in them:
So far I have been at a bit of a loss on how to market myself properly – I haven’t been able to get past that “traditional CV” view of my experience history. Well, just to prove to myself that networking IS intertwined with knowing-thy-self, I have had a mini revelation (well it was news to ME, even if it is obvious to you 😉 ).