5 Reasons Why People Reject Your LinkedIn Invite

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.

2. Name?

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)

3. Designation

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 the same industry?

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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Dunagiri, Uttarakhand – The Land of Mysterious Mountains

On a recent trip we went to Dunagiri  (also called Drongiri and Doonagiri) to a place called Dunagiri Retreat which is at an astounding height of 8,000 feet surrounded by lush forest overlooking scenic snow peaks. Its situated 400 km North of Delhi,  and it takes about 10-11 hours to reach.

The retreat offers organic vegetarian food, fireside dining, inspiring walks and treks to the nearby mountains, and modern bathroom facilities in the middle of nowhere. It truly is an amazing location, with a beautiful view.

When we met the owner of the retreat, it was revealed to us that the place was famous for its temple of Shakti known there as Dunagiri Devi. Apparently, this location is where “Bharat”,  the son of Shakuntala, was born. The mountains were said to have special energy.

In one of our conversations with the owner, we shared that almost every night we randomly woke up between 3 and 4 AM, which he found to be normal since that was the time “Mata ki chowki” landed on the adjacent mountains.  On one of two days I spent there, I even stumbled upon a medium-sized snake, and when we shared this with the owner, to my surprise he found it rather odd. Why? Because he has been living there for years and never once saw a snake in his campus. Weird, right?

Here are a few pictures from my trip. (all self clicked, some edited via snapseed app)

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4 Reasons Why You Should Bust Your Ass In A Startup

When working in a start-up, you’re not just a part of the company, you’re also building it. Your list of responsibilities never end and neither do your meetings. Your boss is never satisfied, even though you put in 3 Saturdays a month. Startups are all about… well, more.

Its been 6 months since I joined Credihealth, and it has been such an adventure! Our team is consistently growing and so am I in my work. There is just so much to go around. Here is a list of what it feels like working in a start-up.

1. It’s risky (and then some whisky)

Its not news that startups are all about risks and experiments, especially if you’re trying to incorporate something as new as a healthcare portal functional in more than one city in the first year of establishment. All this and more being done simultaneously in a country where a concept like this is completely new.

Every day is new, every day we experiment and move forward trying out new methods, old methods, anything that’ll work for us. Needless to say, at the end of the day, whisky is a good friend to get us through this chaotic journey.

2. Think, think, think.

The more ideas you have, the more valuable you are to the company.

The more you think, the more ideas you have, the more you share these with your boss, the more he is bound to value you. Of course the quality of these ideas must be ranging between very good and brilliant. This requires a lot of brainstorming- be it while taking a shower or meeting new people at a party.

The company is a baby, more like your baby and it needs a lot from you. Your time and also your brain.

3. Start-up = A lot of learning

Because you’re constantly coming up with new plans, using the hit-and-trial method, you end up learning a lot. It doesn’t matter if you succeed or fail, trying new things ends up teaching you more than a traditional company would.

4. Startups give you room to blossom

A traditional working environment ends up shaping you, but in the case of a start-up its the other way around. Because you’re shaping everything else in the company, you also end up shaping the working environment. The company grows around your work, letting you be more you.

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2015 Has Been All About Creating Your Social Profile

Back in 2014, how did I get my job as a content developer? Not my graduate degree, not even my super oriental Diploma – but the blog that I starting writing while studying (and traveling) in China got me a job.

Living in the internet-era, it has become increasingly important for a person to have a social media standing. For example, a friend of mine graduated in a journalism course and it turns out the first few questions her boss asked her whether she was on LinkedIn and if she had an active Twitter profile.

Surprising right?

Today, YouTubers have a career earning much more than what they could have with their degrees. Take for instance, Jenna Marbles who fake cries every now and then with her degree wrapped around her arms, all in good humour. With millions of subscribers and fans all over the world, Jenna Marbles is doing more than great. All thanks to YouTube.

Similarly, other YouTube celebs like Superwoman, JusReign, Ray William Johnson have made a brand out of themselves. Each one unique, bringing their own charm in front of the camera, mostly from the comforts of their homes. These social profiles not just on YouTube, but also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram- People can not get enough of people.

Jennyandteets2 aka Jason Bigg’s wife is keeping me busy laughing every now and then with her IG posts of her newborn- absolutely hilarious.She even recorded herself in labour- in the hospital- about the deliver. Now she’s happily breastfeeding and joking about her new parenting ways.

There’s one other person in this list who made it big for themselves, all thanks to her ever growing subscribers and fans, and again, from all over the world. Michelle Phan. With millions of fans and hundreds of make-up tutorial videos in her bag, she went for her dreams and started her own make-up line. Now, that’s brilliant. Bringing us back to- Social Profile. 

I started blogging out of sheer attempt to just get my opinion out there- somewhere in the matrix of the massive virtual world of the internet.

After sticking to blogging a bit more regularly, and finding myself in the middle of an alien community in Beijing, I slowly saw the impact my articles have made in building my own profile internationally. This community isn’t confined to blogs- it stretches out to all social media giants. This connectivity makes it even more exciting because it leaves the possibilities endless.

Swinging from writing travel logs to international relations to philosophical existence, I’m enjoying writing more than ever before.