If You’re Not ‘Attractive’, Do This To Add More LinkedIn Connections

By Azleen Abdul Rahim

People say beauty is solely in the eye of the beholder. But when there are too many people keep ignoring your connection requests over LinkedIn even though your professional background and achievement are unbelievably top notch, you can be rest assured that the ultimate reason for the rejection could be because their eyes aren’t beholding your beauty level. Worry not, as the situation isn’t your fault at all. Far from it actually. These people aren’t really your type either. Well, you don’t need cocky people to be part of your connections, do you?

Simply put they are the type that judge the book by its cover, who like to post great quotes every day but never really follow any of them in real life. And trust me, they aren’t going to add much value to your professional adventure in any way. In a way, you will be safer too as they could be trying their luck searching for erotic adventure in this platform. In other words, you’re actually lucky as you aren’t associate with people who suck.

A toxic relationship will make us grew old faster than our real age. No matter whether it is in real life or in LinkedIn, just avoid it at all costs. What should you do then? Now, since hunting for someone to connect doesn’t sound like a great idea anymore, why don’t you become the hunted person then. Make them come to you. Create a situation to reverse the process to your advantage.

Do these to your LinkedIn account to get people to notice, come and visit you, and eventually add you to their list of connections.

Revisit the profile picture. The best way to enhance your ‘average-look’ is to tweak your profile picture a bit. I don’t quite recommend to blur up your face or standing so far away from the camera for the new profile picture. These will negatively impact your future employment or business opportunities. The best way to go about this is by making your profile picture a black and white image. By doing this, your profile picture will look a kind of classic that attracts any eyeballs to look at it deeper.

Enhance the profile summary and all professional experience. Write simpler and easy-to-understand English to ease the audience without having to crack their head trying to understand what you’re trying to say. Ditch all your bombastic words for your company’s reports for your boss to read, but not for LinkedIn please. Ensure all details are spelled out and avoid being too general. Generalists are not cool people.

Enticing words to make them read further. The last thing people wants to read is a LinkedIn profile that makes them remember of Wikipedia or Encyclopaedia. Too factual and plain vanilla sentences will make you look boring. People want to avoid associating with boring people for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, they are more than happy to be associated with people they find it interesting.

Publish a weekly article. The interesting element must apply not only to the profile but also in your weekly publication. Yes, you read this right. We need to write a blog or article and publish it out so that you can reach out to your existing audience directly. Once your LinkedIn connections received the notification and read up your article, they may like what they just read. When any of them respond to it by clicking the Like or Share buttons or leave a comment underneath the article, their network of connections will be able to view your piece too. This is how you indirectly reach out to a new layer of connections actually, with your published article.

Reply them. When there are people who leave their feedback or comment in any of your posts, don’t just leave it there to dry. Reply them back. Write something casual, fun way of writing. The last thing you want to do is to leave those comments unattended, or being too rigid in replying them using words only CEO can understand.

View only, don’t ever add. If you see there are people who you may want to add, go to their profile and view them. Do not, I repeat, do not connect to them. To some people, once they see their profile is being viewed, they are happy and feel curious too at the same time. They want to see who is the person viewing them a while ago. Then they will eventually click to view your profile. If they like what they see, then they will send a request to you instead of the other way. That is how you create a demand for your profile view.

Post interesting articles. Let other people post articles, but not you. Be very selective and choose only articles that you think will attract people to click it and read. They will then see who was the one who posted that article. They might view your profile after that. Again, if they like what they see in your profile they will connect to you.

Comment on other people’s posts. If you want to break away from being labeled as a self-centred average Joe, do this. Comment on other people’s post is highly recommended. You will definitely get more views from people beyond your circles. More views may equal to more probability of getting connection invites.

Bring them offline. There will be a group of people who will adore you online. You may have done or are doing something they really love. They will regularly follow your articles, Like them up, leave comments to all your posts and communicate with you via LinkedIn’s direct message. These are your online fans, whom you have a strong bond with. To enhance the bonding further, bring them offline and meet them face-to-face. Enjoy coffee sessions together, share good jokes and stories together and snap some cool pictures. Post these pictures into your LinkedIn and other social media accounts.

I’m an average-look person too, leaning towards the ugly side. But with these tricks, I have more quality connections now than ever before. As you aware building trust is a long tedious process, therefore I don’t intend to spend time doing this to the wrong group of people. That is why quality connections are very critical to my professional objectives.