Don’t deny it. You reject a few invitations on LinkedIn based on criteria you got going. Here are 5 main reasons I find myself and my friends put off by some profiles.
1. No Picture
Or even worse a picture with sunglasses. What’s the point? Noone can see your face and apparently this is the only “professional” picture you have of yourself.
Another reason could be that Mr. or Ms. Professional didn’t care enough to put up picture with the right resolution. Even worse, a group picture. This is not Facebook. LinkedIn is a professional platform, professional pictures only please.
Is it just me or some people don’t even find time to type their names properly?
Example – rajesh sharma or Rajesh S.
Mr. Rajesh did not bother signing himself up in capital first letters. Very professional Mr. Sharma, nice to meet you too. (not)
Okay, while this isn’t my criterion per say, it does say a lot about how people want to build their LinkedIn network. Some people don’t like to add people of a lower designation than their own. Ouch.
4. LinkedIn Profile
Is it complete?
I personally take out time to go through my fellow inviter’s profile page. It helps to see experiences & qualifications, in addition to a few lines in their summary. For me, personally, more the number of recommendations, more the credibility of the concerned person.
5. Are you from my field?
Again, some people are more open to accepting invitations from people from their own industry. Doctors have more doctors on their list, healthcare professionals tend to have similar people with similar backgrounds on theirs.
It most definitely helps to see a few familiar faces as mutual connections.
Does this trend seem familiar?
Of course, different people have different reasons to accept or reject invites. If you’ve faced many invite rejections, don’t forget that rejections are a part of life and… well, there are plenty professionals in the sea. What’s the worst thing you could do? Send an invite again. Don’t be that guy.
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