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Why you shouldn't accept every LinkedIn connection invite

Matt Kapko | Aug. 11, 2015
Your LinkedIn network is only as strong as your connections, and it's the people you actually know who will help to advance your career.

It's sometimes tempting to take the easy way out, accept every LinkedIn request that comes your way and hope for the best, but that's not a winning strategy in the long run. Chances are, one of those random connections will eventually remind you of the error of your ways; thankfully it's simple to break bad connections on LinkedIn if, or when, that time comes.

LinkedIn might help you find that next job or career opportunity, but it's your personal relationships that are going to seal the deal. LinkedIn is not a popularity contest, and you shouldn't approach it as such. Your total number of LinkedIn connections means nothing if the majority of people in your network know nothing about you. Bottom line: Be selective with your LinkedIn connections, connect with people you know and never hesitate to decline random invitations from people you don't.


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