Are You Delusional?

I was watching Criminal Minds the other night and, if you are familiar with the show you know that there are quotes randomly mentioned throughout each episode. This particular one, mentioned at the very beginning, caused me to put the remote down and stop surfing the channels.

"The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place."

George Bernard Shaw never used LinkedIn but this quote really got me thinking. We accept the invite on LinkedIn and consider the relationship solidified. I have been speaking with so many Recruiters about the importance of Social Media and Networking. How important it is to reach out to the people within their network after that invitation has been accepted. Just because you are now ‘connected’ doesn’t mean that a connection has been made. Although no communication has taken place, we are under the impression we have really earned a ‘friend’. It is, in fact, an illusion.

Don’t slam that door once it has been opened for you. If you are going to take the time to use the social media tools that are available, and I highly advise you to do so, learn how to do it properly so that you aren’t wasting your time. As you are growing your network, learn about what is truly available within it. Why else would you take the time to send out the invites? Do you realize how valuable your network can be? Yes, you do or you never would have set up the account in the first place. If only you would unlock its true potential. Once you do, you can then begin to reap the rewards of your efforts.

If you are having problems getting started or have questions that you would like answered ask me. I am more than happy to help. That is what I am here for.

And just so you know, I live by two philosophies:

1) The only stupid questions are those that are unasked and left unanswered.

2) If you are not making mistakes, how do you expect to learn?


Lea McKay

Recruiter’s Career Coach

RBS Staffing – Managing Partner



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Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on August 26, 2010 at 11:27am
You need to reach out soon after the connection. I think so because you need to be able to calls those people back when you really need them. You do not want your first call to be I need a favor!
Comment by Lea McKay on August 29, 2010 at 9:30pm
Thanks for the call C.B. We'll chat soon!


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