Excerpt from How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ 2/E by Brad Schepp and Debra Schepp.

LinkedIn will become whatever it is that you work toward making it. Seeing LinkedIn as a tool, you’d be hard pressed to find a more effective way of tracking down colleagues, mentors, apprentices, and friends.Build a network, and a world of professional experience opens before you. Everyone knows that when you’re looking for a new job, it’s especially important to network: Speak to colleagues who may know of appropriate openings, neighbors, family, anyone who can help you to land that new job. In order to build your network instead of loose it, avoid these ten LinkedIn faux pas.

  1. Use form e-mails without personalizing them.
  2. Post blatant sales pitches disguised as Answers or within e-mails you send to other LinkedIn users.
  3. Post nonanswers in the Answers area just to get your name and a hyperlink to your profile posted.
  4. Ask questions that have been asked many times before.
  5. Invite people to join your network without explaining how you know them.
  6. Ask for help repeatedly without providing help yourself.
  7. Don’t proofread your profile and other public comments.
  8. Disregard legitimate requests for introductions or connection requests.
  9. Treat LinkedIn as though it were Facebook or Twitter by posting trivial status updates, etc.
  10. Shortchange the site by posting a bare-bones profile, not using the Company and Answers sections, or not building your network.