I recently received a connection request from someone I didn't know. Most of the time if the person has some information on their profile about who they are, a little information in their summary and even details about their current and past work experience I am happy to connect. But then I send a message thanking them for connecting and ask how I can be of assistance.
Sometimes however, I have to decide if this person looks suspicious and not accept the connection request. Even if we have a lot of connections in common.
In this example there are several areas of the profile that made me stop and think if I really wanted to connect with this person. Here are a few tips to help you determine if this person is legitimate or just looking to connect with you and tap into your connects to build up their connects.
2. Are they using Capital letters for their name and title? Again, first impressions! Improper use of sentence structure, style and grammar can quickly turn people away. LinkedIn is a professional networking site and professionals should be willing to take a few extra minutes to represent themselves in a professional manner.
3. Is there information about who they are and what they do? Either in the summary section or in the experience section of their profile. Briefly describe what you do or what services you offer.
Feel free to be open to making new connections, but use your best judgment when connecting with someone you do not know, and it's ok to send them a message asking them who they are.
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Sandy @ MoxzClicks