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Is it OK to ask for help on LinkedIn?

Warning, I am about to dive into a controversial topic: asking for help on LinkedIn.

Is asking for help to find a job or solve a problem OK to do on LinkedIn?

I believe there is a right way and a wrong way to ask for help on LinkedIn.

Wrong way: Sending a message to a LinkedIn connection asking them to offer free advice or their expertise in an assuming, demanding or entitled way.

Right way: Posting a status update on LinkedIn asking for assistance with whatever you need help with. Or, asking someone’s expertise in a humble way, respectful of their time.

The reason I like and recommend the status update, is so that those who *want* to help can offer it and those who don’t can just keep scrolling. What do you think – is it OK to ask for help on LinkedIn? Do you think there is a right or a wrong way to ask for help?

Check out this video for more insights on asking for help on LinkedIn.

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!


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