You are spending lots of time messaging people on LinkedIn.
But it seems like no one cares enough to write you back.
Has the entire LinkedIn database stopped caring about helping others?
No, that is not likely the case.
People feel inclined to ignore your LinkedIn messages due to your actions.
Here are 8 reasons why your messages never get a reply.
8. You Do Not Clarify Why You Are Messaging
Are you saying this simple phrase in your messages?
“I work in [industry] and I am reaching out to you because [reason].”
Yet many people forget to do it and send LinkedIn messages like this instead.
“Please connect. I look forward to networking with you.”
Why are you networking on LinkedIn?
Do not expect others to figure it out for you; they will not take the time to do so.
7. You Say Too Much in Your Messages
There is also such a thing as explaining too much in your LinkedIn messages.
Unfortunately, very few people will read long messages on LinkedIn.
Try to keep your communications under 75 characters.
Never ramble on in your LinkedIn messages or you will have people wondering:
“Why is this person revealing so much information on LinkedIn?”
How do you know if a LinkedIn message is too long?
If people have to scroll down several times to finish reading, it's too long.
6. You Don't Know the Purpose of LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a social network that helps people network to find jobs.
Its purpose is to provide an opportunity to grow a career and/or find work.
However, some may try to use it for reasons other than finding work.
These messages are the easiest to ignore because it appears someone is making the mistake of using LinkedIn as a dating website or Facebook account.
For example, see the image below of a LinkedIn message:
How can you honestly reply to a message like that?
Personally, I chose to ignore it. LinkedIn is not a dating website.
5. Your Messages Are Not Targeted
Everyone should be optimistic during their job search.
However, approaching your job search with the mindset, “You never know,” leads to you send LinkedIn messages that get ignored, like this one:
A person may glance at this message.
They may think about it for a second.
But ultimately, the LinkedIn message will be ignored because it has been sent to a person in an unrelated industry in another country.
Sending messages without a targeted industry, person, or job in mind is time wasted in your job search.
4. Your Grammar and Profile Are a Mess
Using unprofessional photos of yourself and sending messages with poor grammar are two quick ways to get your LinkedIn message ignored.
In fact, they trigger the same thought that a profile must be spamming.
Some of the most well-established professionals still make the mistake of creating profiles on LinkedIn, only to ignore them completely.
They fail to focus on creating a professional-looking photo, summary, headline, job experience, or description of education.
In addition, if/when they start messaging people on LinkedIn, they use text-speak and poor grammar.
This all combines to sends a message that the person may not understand what defines professionalism on LinkedIn.
3. You Do Not Seem Connected to Anyone
LinkedIn is celebrating its 17th anniversary in May 2020.
Whether you started using LinkedIn yesterday or 15 years ago, there has got to be someone in your school or company that you can connect with.
Do not ignore your 2nd and 3rd-degree connections on LinkedIn.
If your LinkedIn profile shows that you are not connected to more than 500+ people, your messages will get ignored for a simple reason.
People think you are not using LinkedIn enough.
Why should they bother networking with you?
Bring your profile to life by talking to people and being more open with profile visibility settings.
2. You Never Offer Anything to Anyone
- Do you create LinkedIn posts?
- Do you comment or like any posts?
- Are you offering information to others about their careers?
- What do you know?
- Who can benefit from what you know?
If you are offering nothing on LinkedIn to the community, the community seems to return the favor.
1. You Forget the Golden Rule of LinkedIn
LinkedIn success is usually the result of “how much you give to others” through articles and posts about real workplace topics.
It is not about “getting what you want when you ask.”
Try giving back to people in your profession and watch how quickly people reply to your messages!