My LinkedIn policy has changed as I’ve evolved as a guidance professional. Having worked frequently with school settings before becoming a careers adviser, my initial reaction was to apply the rules taught to teachers. If a student wants to connect on social media don’t do it! Having been thus schooled, my old policy was to politely refuse when a student asked to connect with me on LinkedIn. I knew other careers professionals who had the same policy. This was my ‘advice for contacting’ message on LinkedIn:
It wasn’t until a year ago that I started questioning this. Without a child protection argument to apply, why was I so careful not to connect with clients, and how was it affecting my work with them?
Here’s how I moved from ‘cautious avoidance’ to ‘genuine connection’.
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