Posted by John Lombaerde on April 24, 2015 - 3:48pm Edited 4/24 at 3:49pm
How can you improve your connection request approval percentage on LinkedIn?

Here is a quick tip to get more of your connections approved using LinkedIn. As soon as you make the connection request on LinkedIn, copy the contact's name and search for them on Facebook. Then reach out to them to become a friend on Facebook.

Most people, (myself included), pretty much automatically approve friends on Facebook, but on LinkedIn, most people are more selective. For example, I don't approve connections on LinkedIn if there is no picture, little information, and few connections. That is not a worthwhile connection for me.

By reaching out on Facebook, most people visit their Facebook page more often then they visit LinkedIn. If someone accepts your friend request on Facebook, (as they probably will), they are more likely to approve your connection when they see your name again on LinkedIn. Simple, right?

In addition, I always use their first name on LinkedIn, and find a way to personalize the connection request in some way. Same group, some similar interest, etc. This will also help raise your connection approval percentage.


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