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LinkedIn, a business-card exchange

By - Last modified: April 4, 2012 at 10:39 AM

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I used to get put off when a stranger sent me a LinkedIn connection request without so much as a message of introduction.

My stance has changed.

Now, don't get me wrong: If I get a request from a stranger in, say, Uzbekistan, with a message that contains 15 exclamation points, I'm denying that request.

These days I see the social networking site as a business-card exchange of sorts — and a way to vet people.

I have found LinkedIn to be a useful tool in checking work history, references that aren't included in an application and helping me to learn more about a person so I can more easily break the ice when I meet them in person.

I also treat it as my online résumé updated in real time.

How do you use LinkedIn?

Andréa Maria Cecil is managing editor at the Central Penn Business Journal.

View Andréa Maria Cecil's profile on LinkedIn

Write to the Editorial Department at editorial@cpbj.com

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