Why hasn’t that person accepted your LinkedIn invitation? I’m sure it’s not that they don’t love you or that you aren’t fabulously skilled. It might be that they’ve created themselves multiple accounts (quite common) and don’t check the email that you sent your invite to. They may simply not use LinkedIn. It could be they’ve forgotten their password and haven’t checked it since they turned on their account. You only get 3000 invitations on LinkedIn* so use them wisely!
Here’s how to get back some of the outstanding invitations you’ve sent:
- Navigate to your LinkedIn Inbox
- Click on Sent in the left hand navigation bar
- Select each line that has Accepted after the name and Delete (I deleted over 200)
- You will be left with the invitations that haven’t been accepted
- At the top of the list, you can select All and click on Delete to get back those invites
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