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Should you accept all LinkedIn connection requests?

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As the power of LinkedIn continues to build muscle in job searches it is time for those who only connected to close associates to rethink their position. This also holds true for people who use LinkedIn to make professional connections within their industry or to seek out new suppliers for procurement purposes.

There is no absolute answer because it is strictly a matter of how one wants to use LinkedIn. The best way to determine the answer to this question is to consider a different question: Is your network large enough to get you the results that you need?

If you scroll down the right-hand column of your LinkedIn homepage you will see a count of how many connections you have and how many people are in your network. Compare that number to the 100 million people in the United States that have LinkedIn accounts. If you are looking for a new job and you only have 1 million people in your network you are unable to communicate directly with 99% of Americans on LinkedIn. It is doubtful, given these numbers, that you will quickly find a job. Therefore building your network is critical.

The only two ways to build your reach is through groups and connections. If you accept connections from those that can help you in finding a new job, locate new sources for procurement or can be of assistance because they are in your profession (long as an irony competitor) you will be able to build your network very quickly.

I accept all connection requests. However I only actively seek connections from recruiters were those within my profession.

©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.

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