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. People feel inspired to ignore your LinkedIn messages by your own actions.
Here are 8 reasons why your messages never get a reply.
8. You are not telling anyone why you are messaging
Are you saying this simple phrase in your messages?
“I work in [this field] and I am reaching out to you because [insert reason].”
It is so simple, yet so many 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? Please do not let others figure it out for you because they will not take the time to do it.
7. You are telling everyone too much in your messages
On the flipside of #8 above, there is such a thing as explaining too much in your LinkedIn messages.
Unfortunately, very few people will read long messages on LinkedIn. Try to keep them under 75 characters.
Never ramble on in your LinkedIn messages about irrelevant information. You will people wondering:
“Why is this person revealing so much information on LinkedIn?”
How do you know if a LinkedIn message is too long? Simple. People have to scroll down several times to finish reading it.
6. You appear to not know the purpose or true value of LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a social network that helps people network to find jobs. Its value and purpose comes in providing the 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 ignore. 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. It is mandatory for career survival!
However, approaching your job search with the mindset, “You never know”, leads to you sending out LinkedIn messages that get ignored like this one:
A person may glance at this message, and think about it for a second.
But the LinkedIn message will be ignored for sending it 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 ignore.
Yet, 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.
It all sends a message that the person may not be aware of what defines professionalism on LinkedIn.
3. You do not seem connected to anyone
LinkedIn is celebrating its 15th anniversary in May 2018.
Even if 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 get ignored for a simple reason.
People think you are not using LinkedIn enough. Why bother networking with you?
Wake up your profile by talking to people and being looser 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 often 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!