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May 26, 2024

How to bypass the LinkedIn connect request limit

John Kim
Co-founder @ Paraform

LinkedIn is a goldmine for professional connections. But what happens when you hit that dreaded weekly invitation limit?

Here are some effective strategies to keep your networking momentum going.

1. Leverage open profiles

Premium LinkedIn members have the option to set their profiles as "Open." This allows anyone on the platform to connect with them, bypassing the invitation limit entirely. Look for these profiles when searching for potential connections – it's a win-win for both parties.

2. Engage in groups

LinkedIn groups and events are fantastic for fostering connections with like-minded professionals. Actively participate in discussions, share valuable insights, and connect with members who resonate with your expertise. Since you've already established a connection point through the group or event, sending a connection request here feels more natural.

3. Synchronize your email contacts (safely)

While the old "import via email" trick no longer works, syncing your email contacts with LinkedIn can still be beneficial. When connections are found through your address book, LinkedIn sends them a notification (not a formal invitation), which doesn't count towards your limit.

However, be mindful of bombarding contacts who might not expect to hear from you on LinkedIn.

4. Important reminders

  • Quality over quantity: Focus on building genuine connections with individuals relevant to your field. A personalized message explaining why you want to connect goes a long way compared to generic invites.

  • Respect LinkedIn's guidelines: Avoid tactics that violate their terms of service, like creating fake accounts or sending automated messages. Organic growth is always the best approach.

  • Explore alternative channels: Consider reaching out to potential connections via well-crafted cold emails that showcase your value proposition. Remember, effective networking is a multi-pronged approach.

Best tips for using LinkedIn

Optimizing your profile

  • Headline: Craft a compelling headline that goes beyond your job title. Think of it as your professional tagline – highlight your unique value proposition and grab attention.

  • Profile Picture: A professional headshot is a must. Use a high-quality, well-lit image that conveys confidence and approachability.

  • Experience: Detail your work experience, showcasing achievements and quantifiable results. Use strong action verbs and metrics to demonstrate your impact.

  • Keywords: Integrate relevant keywords throughout your profile to improve search visibility. Think about the terms people in your field would use to find someone with your expertise.

  • Summary: Craft a compelling summary that tells your professional story. Briefly explain who you are, what you do, and the value you bring.

Content is King

  • Post regularly: Share valuable and informative content that resonates with your target audience. Aim for at least once a week, experimenting with different formats like articles, videos, or engaging discussions.

  • Visual appeal: People are drawn to visuals. Use high-quality images, infographics, or videos to break up text and boost engagement.

  • Industry insights: Share industry news, trends, and thought leadership pieces. This positions you as a knowledgeable and engaged professional.

  • Engage and respond: Don't just broadcast – be part of the conversation! Respond to comments, participate in discussions, and actively engage with your network.

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