Do you have a lot of unanswered LinkedIn invitations? I’m sure it’s not that they don’t think you’re great or that you aren’t fabulously skilled. It might be that some of your invitees have created themselves multiple accounts (quite common) or don’t check the email that your invites have been sent to. Some of them simply don’t use LinkedIn. A few have forgotten their passwords and haven’t checked it since they turned on their accounts.
You may not realize that each account gets only 5000 invitations on LinkedIn*and this means you don’t have any to waste. You can reclaim the ones you’ve sent that are languishing in limbo. Here’s how to get back some of the outstanding invitations you’ve sent (as of Feb 2020):
- Choose My Network in the navigation bar
- If you have unanswered invitations for yourself, click on See All on the right
- If you have an empty invite queue for yourself, click on Manage
- Select Sent
- You can do a mass clean up by checking the box at the top to Select All
- Or you can do one at a time by checking next to each individual invite
- Choose Withdraw
- I get a pop-up that says “If you withdraw now, you won’t be able to resend (to that same person) for up to 3 weeks”
You can also use this “take back” if you’ve invited someone by mistake or have second thoughts about connecting. I was testing a Connect button during a LinkedIn lesson with a client and accidentally invited someone I totally did not know. I went and took back the invite the next day.
Simply connecting with others on LinkedIn doesn’t make magic happen. This is a digital representation of your physical network. When you need information, services, help, or work, your network is where you go. LinkedIn simply makes it easier to know the skills and abilities of your network. See this blog about why LinkedIn is the place professionals do business or read my LinkedIn blog category to get your fill on the subject.
*I have heard that you can request more from Customer Service, though I don’t know how effective that is but here are two emails I’ve found for this need: customer_service@LinkedIn.com or firstname.lastname@example.org