LinkedIn is a great networking tool and I use it all the time. In fact I received the following via LinkedIn two weeks ago. I present it here word for word, only changing the sender's name to protect the innocent (or, in this case, the guilty). How many flaws can you find in this approach?

You've been in the same job for over three years. Feeling a little stale? A promotion or change of pace would be ideal and you've seen some interesting jobs on your company's internal career website. Or maybe there isn't exactly what you'd like, but you want to do some further exploration by networking. What do you do?

Network for a Job

Ask for Help with a Clear Purpose

Get over the guilt, the shyness, and the embarrassment about asking for help in your job search. Change the way you ask for help, as well

After mentoring and hiring hundreds of job seekers, the number one surprise response I get when I give advice on job search process is, "Wow, this takes so much time!" I'm even more concerned by the proclamation that, "I don't have the time to put into this." I'm convinced there is a binary categorization of job seekers today: those who are committed and those who are hobbyists. Which one are you?

I'm a hiring manager with a job description that clearly outlines the specifications of my job. And what do I receive from candidates? A piece of paper that spews out useless information about a total stranger, in chronological order. Great. So, in my left hand is what I need. And in my right hand is a one, two or three-page pile of words, leaving me to figure out if they should be applying at all. Want to know how to keep your resume from being tossed out?