You’ve been anxiously waiting to see if the influential person you sent a LinkedIn invite to will finally accept. Unless they don’t check their accounts very often, here are five possible explanations why your invitation may be stuck in e-purgatory.
1. You don’t have a profile photo
It’s hard to find a justifiable reason for someone to not post a head shot photo on their LinkedIn profile. Were they putting the profile together so frantically that they didn’t have enough time to include an image? Perhaps they just meant to and forgot. Either way, this is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your LinkedIn invite gets deleted or left to wither in the recipient’s inbox. One reason for the omission could be that some people are skittish about how they look in photos, or may not have a recently-taken photo to use. Still, there are other ways to get around this, namely by using an image of your logo or even business card instead. This way you’re still branding your company and sharing what you do without having to use an image you’re uncomfortable with. Even in this case it is strongly recommended that you try to invest in professionally-taken photos to utilize moving forward. With a LinkedIn invite nothing beats a personalized introduction, and for that you need a face.
2. Your profile information is incomplete, out of date, rife with typos, etc.
If you don’t have a website, your LinkedIn profile serves as the primary point-of-reference for potential employers and recruiters to discover you through the web. With this in mind, you must take care to update your profile on a regular basis to continue offering visitors a complete scope of your professional skills and experience. This includes keeping your contact and employment information current and posting details (including links and images) about new or ongoing projects that employers and colleagues should know about. Another thing: PLEASE review your profile carefully for grammatical mistakes or inconsistencies in the heading and description sections of the page. Just as in a standard resume, employers are more inclined to consider your candidacy if the first impression they’re given of you doesn’t undermine the legitimate work talents and abilities you can offer. If it helps, have a family member, friend, colleague, or mentor look over your profile and offer input on where improvements can be made. It may take more effort than setting up your Facebook profile, but this one can get you a job while the other gets you, well, game requests.
3. You post non-career or professional-related content
4. You didn’t bother to send a personalized message with the request
5. You used the invite as an opportunity to cold-pitch your product or service
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This post originally appeared on Extrapreneurial.
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