Here’s some context… Whenever I receive and accept a LinkedIn connection invitation, I always shoot off a brief message thanking them for the invitation. 8 times out of 10 I don’t hear back from the person, but now and then I receive a response.
Today I received the following messages in response to my invitation connection thank yous:
1) Thank you for connecting as well. What is it that you do for Grow My Company?
2) How are you and what are you doing now?
Clearly, neither of these people bothered to look at my profile, as their questions could have been answered with even a cursory review. I make it abundantly clear what I do in my headline, summary, skills, and experience sections. There is no room for ambiguity.
So, if they can’t be bothered to look at my profile, is it worth my time to answer their questions? Maybe, maybe not.
The point I’m driving at though is, how serious are these people about their LinkedIn network, which is arguably the most powerful professional network in the world? And how valuable are these connections to me if these people aren’t interested enough in their LinkedIn network to even bother reading their connections’ headlines?
How you handle yourself on LinkedIn gives others a lot of insight into whether or not they would chose to do business with you. I believe that these two wanted to cover their bases today, but they weren’t willing to invest 30 seconds into clicking over and reviewing my profile first. However, I’ll bet that they would have reviewed my profile if we had an in-person meeting scheduled, so I wonder why they think it is okay to act this way on LinkedIn?
Well, that’s just my 2 cents. What’s your take on this?