Like many people, you’re always a bit taken aback when a LinkedIn request from a stranger appears in your inbox. While flattered someone you don’t know has sought you out, it also makes you a bit leery. Try not to overthink it, because networking is the entire point of the site.
The world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn has more than 610 million users in over 200 countries and territories worldwide, according to its website. This means you only know a very small percentage of people on this platform, so open yourself up to the world of possibilities it offers.
3 Reasons to Say Yes to Every LinkedIn Request
Make a New Contact
You never know who might help you land your next big break. People request to connect with you on LinkedIn because you caught their eye. Whether they’re a hiring manager or recruiter trying to fill an open position or a peer hoping to add a like-minded professional to their network, accepting the request can’t hurt. Plus, if for some reason you decide accepting the request was a bad idea, you can always remove the connection — and they won’t be notified.
Become More Visible
Accepting a LinkedIn request expands both your immediate and extended networks — i.e., your connections’ contacts. This can put you on the radar of exponentially more people who could potentially help you get your dream job. In some cases, you’ll be able to reach out to extended contacts directly — and vice versa — depending on how closely connected the two of you are. You’ll also show up on more suggested contacts lists and when your contact likes the content you share, it will appear in their connections’ newsfeeds.
Boost Your Credibility
There’s no hard and fast rule for the number of LinkedIn connections you need to appear legit. However, some hiring managers might not find you trustworthy if your network is notably small. Having more connections also makes you appear more active and engaged in your field, which will enhance your candidacy.
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