It AMAZES me that people do this stuff . . . yet they do . . . but don’t you do it?

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people. I'm an executive job search and Leadership coach The head coach for And by the way, I'm LinkedIn members 7653. Yeah. You heard that number, right 7653. I was in the first 10,000.
Today, I got a connection request from someone. I didn't know who this person was. I accepted the connection request and did as I often do– – sent a reply back because, frankly, I want to engage with people. Isn't that what networking is about ?And my message to them said, " curious. Did you reach out to me because you were recommended by LinkedIn ,listened to one of my podcasts, watched one of my videos or was interested in one on one coaching with me? Why didyou reach out and, by the way, if you like, I can send you a video that might be helpful about final interviews. I'm paraphrasing it here.
I God a response back. You're obviously a spammer. I'm going to disconnect. Okay. Help me understand why you connected. All I wanted to find out is why you contacted me. That was a terrible thing on my part. Folks, you're on a networking platform that's designed to help you professionally network. When someone responds to your networking requests with a question, It's a pretty reasonable thing. I'm not a spammer. You know, LinkedIn has not blackballed me or punished me in any point for over soliciting or anything like that. My 23,000 first level connections . . . Almost all of them reached out to me.
I'll just simply say this is a place to network. If you want to connect with someone, they have the ability to network with you. It's not a one-way thing, folks. So, I just want to encourage it. Be smart. If you wanted the network, if you wanted to connect, start working on the relationship. It doesn't have to be a big thing.
Like what I sent was not a big thing. Hey, why did you reach out? Was it one of these reasons or something else? Whatever it is start the conversation. For the record, LinkedIn seems the like when there's engagement. So, if you're in a conversation with someone, especially right after you connect, it assumes that you know that person and starts feeding more people for you to connect with ofpeople reaching out to you.
So, I hope you found this helpful. If you did and you're watching on a different platform or you're watching on LinkedIn, click the like button. Let people know it was worthwhile. Share with others and, I'll just say that if you're interested in my coaching you, connect with me on LinkedIn at .Mention that you saw the video because I just like not knowing how people find me and, you know, just know that I'm going to send you a message once we're connected to find that why you reached out.
By the way, the last thing. I only accept connection requests from people in the US these days and I do that because I'm starting to bump up against LinkedIn's limitations for how many people you can be first level connections with.
So, I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you have a great day. Take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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