I’d like to connect to you on LinkedIn – Accept or Decline?

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LinkedIn has grown in popularity globally and in New Zealand in recent years.  According to LinkedIn over 25% of NZs population are members of LinkedIn.  It’s with this in mind that I write today’s blog around accepting and declining invites on LinkedIn.  I was online yesterday and I had a very random and unknown friend request on Facebook.  I immediately declined and deleted it. It got me thinking – if this happens on LinkedIn my approach is totally different.

 

Against all that my Mum taught me about not talking to strangers I accept every request on LinkedIn.  Yes, that’s right – all of them.  Why?  Well….

  • My profile is public – a connection isn’t going to get any further information about me from linking in with me.
  • Another connection grows my online network meaning I am further connected to other members (and meaning I can see lots more profiles with my free account).
  • If it is a scam account or similar they tend to immediately engage with you. I then delete and block them. Be mindful that if someone is messaging you about something that sounds too good to be true – it probably is.  Never give out your personal information or financial details online.
  • And, you just never know what that connection might bring you! Some great business and networking opportunities have come from LinkedIn for me.

 

While this approach won’t work for everyone, as a recruiter it’s my job to be exploring new connections and people online – uncovering talent and new skill sets for our business.

If you are going to adopt this approach just remember – never put anything on your profile that you wouldn’t want the world to know!