People you're directly connected to because you have accepted their invitation to connect or they have accepted yours.
People who are connected to your 1st-degree connections. You can send them an invitation by clicking Connect, or contact them through an InMail message or an introduction.
People who are connected to your 2nd-degree connections.
- If their full first and last names are displayed, you will be able to send them an invitation by clicking Connect.
- If only the first letter of their last name is displayed, clicking Connect is not an option but you can still contact them through an InMail message or an introduction.
You can ask someone to join your professional network by sending them an invitation to connect. If they accept your invitation, they become a 1st-degree connection.
We recommend that you only send invitations to people you know well and trust. Your network is a reflection of your brand.
Your 1st-degree connections are allowed to see the primary email address on your account, and can view all of your connections (if you choose to make them visible to others).
Step 1: Find the profile of someone you want to connect with. Click Connect.
Step 2: Personalize your request to connect by following these tips:
- Include a salutation
- Remind the recipient how you know them
- Reference something personal about them or their business
Step 3: Click Send Invitation.
As the recipient of a connection request, don’t feel obligated to accept every request. You have three options to respond to a request: Accept, Ignore, and Reply.
Choose Reply to request more information: “Thank you for reaching out. Please remind me – how do we know each other?”
When you click Ignore, you can additionally choose I Don’t Know [sender’s name] or Report as Spam.