Have you ever sent an invitation to someone that you wanted to connect with on LinkedIn, and you never got a response? You waited week after week to hear something, anything, but it is as though your invitation got stuck in cyberspace.
Here are some possible reasons that you never hear back after trying to grow your network on LinkedIn:
1) You sent the default invitation that wasn’t personalized. Sending the default invitation (I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn) doesn’t give the person that you invited a strong reason to connect with you. It will be more effective if you tell the person that you were very interested in an article that the person was quoted in or that you admire that person as a thought leader. The default invitation can send a signal that you didn’t put any thought into why you want to connect with this person.
2) You didn’t give them a compelling reason to connect with you. In this scenario, you didn’t use the default invitation, but at the same time, you didn’t give the person an offer that the person couldn’t refuse either. Try to put yourself in the receiver’s shoes and think about what would be a compelling reason to connect with you.
3) You don’t have enough connections on LinkedIn to be taken seriously. LinkedIn automatically shows your number of connections. If you have zero or just one or two, someone who doesn’t know you is likely to ignore your request to connect. That means that you should start connecting with people that you know first before trying to reach out to strangers. That way you have an acceptable number of connections so that your request won’t be ignored or denied.
4) Your profile is incomplete. Very often when you try to connect with people you don’t know on LinkedIn, they will check your profile before making a decision as to whether or not to accept your invitation. If your profile is incomplete, that could be another reason why your invitation is not accepted. You haven’t shared much information about yourself, but you want others to be a part of your network.
5) You don’t have a profile photo. This is a big no-no. Not having a profile photo will cause most LinkedIn users to view your profile with a big dose of skepticism. It is expected that you will have a profile photo. Without that photo, people may assume that you are not a real person. It could be that the profile is simply spam.
6) Your profile doesn’t present you well. If your profile is littered with typos, and it is clear that you have not put the time and effort into the profile that it deserves, other members on LinkedIn may decline to connect with you. After all, this is a professional site, and if you are not presenting yourself professionally, you lose credibility.
7) Other users don’t see potential for a mutually beneficial relationship. If you are in the auto mechanic field and you are trying to connect with someone in banking, the other LinkedIn member may not see the relevance, and therefore may ignore your request. If there is the potential for a mutually beneficial relationship, but it is not immediately obvious, make sure that you express that in the invitation. No one is going to ask you why you want to connect before accepting your invitation. If it doesn’t make sense to them, they will simply not respond.
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