It can be frustrating when you send a connection request to someone on LinkedIn and they don’t accept it. Sometimes people just forget, other times they’re too busy to respond, but there are also some reasons why your connection requests get ignored that have nothing to do with the person receiving them. In this blog post, I’ll share some of these common reasons so you can fix them and start getting more accepted connections!
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LinkedIn Connection Invitation is Not Personalized
When you send a connection invitation to someone on LinkedIn, it’s not personalized so they don’t know why you want to connect with them. If the person receiving your invitation doesn’t know you, this could be why they’re not accepting it.
You can fix this by personalizing the connection request with a short introduction about yourself and why you want to connect.
For example, you might say something like this:
“Hi Sam, I noticed that we have several mutual connections and that you’re an expert in your industry. I’d love to connect with you on LinkedIn to see if there’s anything we can help each other out with professionally! Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in.”
By being more specific about why you want to connect, the person receiving your request is much more likely to accept.
You Don’t Have a Professional Profile Picture on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a professional social network so you need to have an appropriate profile photo for it. This is especially important if your current photo looks more like a party than work!
If the person receiving your connection invitation doesn’t think that they know what you look like, this could be why they’re not accepting it.
You can fix this by uploading a professional profile picture to your LinkedIn profile.
By having an appropriate photo on your profile, the person receiving your request is much more likely to accept.
Incomplete LinkedIn Profile
If you’re not taking the time to fill out your profile on LinkedIn, it’s going to look like you don’t really care about using this social network. If people see that your profile is incomplete and they think that you don’t value your career enough, they might be less likely to want to connect with you.
You can fix this by taking the time to complete and optimize your LinkedIn profile.
Having a more detailed and thorough profile will give an impression of you that is more professional and will make people think that they know what to expect from connecting with you.
It’s recommended to have a long-term goal in mind when you create your LinkedIn profile so that it reflects the type of work you want to be doing.
By having a completed and professional LinkedIn profile, more people will accept your connection requests which can lead to new opportunities for networking!
You’re in a different industry and location
A lot of people use LinkedIn as a way to expand their professional network and discover new contacts. If you’re in an industry that is completely different from what the person receiving your connection request does or if they don’t live near where you do, this could be why they’re not accepting it.
You can fix this by taking time to research who should be in your professional network and how you can expand it.
You’re not Active on LinkedIn
People who are active on their professional social media profiles tend to have a larger network and get more opportunities through it. If the person receiving your connection request thinks that you’re not going to be using this platform very often, they might be less likely to want to connect with you.
You can fix this by taking the time each week to post updates, join groups and show your network that you’re active on the platform.
By being more active on LinkedIn, it will give people a good impression of who you are as a professional which can lead to new opportunities for networking!
FAQs About LinkedIn Connection Requests
Here are a few more frequently asked questions about LinkedIn connection requests:
How can I tell if someone has declined my LinkedIn invitation?
Unfortunately, LinkedIn does not notify you if the person receiving your request has declined it.
What is the LinkedIn invitation limit?
You can only send out 100 invitations maximum per week.
Do LinkedIn requests expire?
Yes, LinkedIn invitation requests expire after 6 months.
Now that you know what the potential reasons are for why LinkedIn connection requests get ignored and how to fix them, it’s time to start using this social network more actively!
By following these simple steps, you will see a positive change in your networking opportunities.