As a powerful online platform for social, career, and job-related networking, it’s no surprise that many people have joined LinkedIn. But no matter how good this social networking site is, users still need to know how to make the most out of it in order to get the best results.
One of the most common questions among those who are new to LinkedIn is what to do when someone visits or views their profile. The first step is to find out who viewed the profile—and potentially—figure out what they want.
People can find other users’ profiles by checking their news feed, using a recruiter’s tool, or simply using the regular search feature. They may search by keyword, company, location, industry, etc. It doesn’t really matter what they used to find your profile: it matters more than they have displayed a bit of interest. This is always a good sign.
It is important to try and understand why they viewed the profile. If a potential employer views someone’s profile, it could be just another part of the hiring process. Instead of reaching out, you need to be more patient. Checking out applicants’ online profiles is just another way for recruiters to find out more about prospective employees before inviting them for an interview.
If the viewer is not particularly a recruiter and they are working for a company that you want to connect or work with, then failing to message them might be a missed opportunity. This is the time to send a message and hopefully get a conversation going. The worst thing that can happen is that they won’t reply at all. There is very little to lose.
However, you may still want to spend some time crafting the message. Start by making it clear why you would like to connect, including how you might be helpful to them. Be clear and authentic so that you don’t end up annoying them. Do not bombard them with questions like “why were you viewing my profile” and “how did you find me?”
Go for an organic and casual conversation, and then try to build a relationship from there. LinkedIn is the most powerful professional network at the moment, and it is a great idea to harness all of its potential for networking. Properly utilizing this website can lead to a number of great opportunities.