Today I reached a milestone with my 4,000 LinkedIn connection.
While the number of connections by itself is just a number, fact is that having more connections gives you more POSSIBILITIES for getting introductions to the people you -or for the people in your network – want to meet. This makes your LinkedIn account more valuable. And this makes YOU more valuable to YOUR NETWORK – since you can facilitate more introductions, share more resources and add more value.
Another thing of interest here is that LinkedIn only gives you 3,000 invitations to build your network – you can request additional invitations once you’ve used them and LinkedIn may or may not grant you additional ones. So how can I have 4,000 connections? Simple, people are INVITING ME.
Getting invitations to connect on LinkedIn is the beginning of a possible relationship. You never know where things might go with people. Plus you never know who they know.
In order to get invited on a consistent basis by quality connections you must have a COMPLETE and EFFECTIVE profile. Make sure your picture is professional, your summary explains why it would be of benefit to connect with you and have plenty of recommendations for the work you do.
There are three critical success factors on LinkedIn:
- Your profile
- Your network
- Your activities
Building your network on LinkedIn is one of the best things you can do for your future.