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We've all been there, right? You connect with someone on LinkedIn, start a great conversation, and then when you reach out again, silence. You never hear from that person again. Ouch—looks like you got ghosted by a LinkedIn connection.


Ghosting is when someone abruptly stops communicating with someone else, and it happens all the time when it comes to online networking. But, why did this happen to you? What went wrong?

When you've been ghosted by a LinkedIn connection, a few things could have happened. Here are some reasons why they haven't gotten back to you.

1. They're Too Busy

We live in a crazy, busy time. Everyone has things going on, and answering LinkedIn messages might not be everyone's first priority. Cut this person some slack—they might just be swamped with other commitments right now.

2. They're “On" LinkedIn, But They're Not Really “Active" On It

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Just because you live on LinkedIn doesn't mean that everyone else does. In fact, there are tons of people out there who have a LinkedIn profile because they're required to have one or because they feel they should have one, but they don't actively use it.

So, if you haven't heard back from a LinkedIn connection in some time, don't take it personally.

3. They Saw Your Message, But Simply Forgot To Message You Back

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This person might have gotten distracted and forgot to return your message. Again, we live in an incredibly busy time and things come up. Just because they didn't respond doesn't mean they weren't intending to do so.

4. You're Too Aggressive

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Sure, sending LinkedIn messages, commenting on his/her updates, and liking his/her activity on LinkedIn is fine in moderation, but if you're too aggressive, you can scare away or irritate your LinkedIn connections.

5. You Didn't Make An Effort To Get To Know Them

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Did you make an effort to get to know them and their goals? Or did you make it all about you? Monopolizing the conversation with your story, heartaches, and needs is one of the easiest ways to get ghosted by a LinkedIn connection.

Who wants to talk to someone who just talks about him/herself? Boring. Selfish. No thanks.

6. You Asked For Something Right Away

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Asking for favors too soon can really turn people off. You need to take time to get to know them, offer value, and establish a relationship. Otherwise, they might feel like you're just using them. No one likes that!

7. You Gave Them A Creepy Vibe

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Whether you meant to or not, you might have done something that gave this person the creeps. If you were too aggressive with your networking strategy, this person might have gotten a bad vibe about you. Or, if you straight up said something inappropriate (i.e., commented on his/her looks, confessed your love, sent messages/images that are NSFW, etc.), this person very likely isn't going to be a fan.

You might laugh at this, but it actually happens all the time. Don't be a creep!

8. You Ghosted Them First

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Oh what a plot twist! You've been M. Night Shyamalan'd. You might not realize it when you do it, but if you connect with someone on LinkedIn and you don't reach out, you're ghosting them from the get-go. If you reach out weeks, months, or years later expecting them to return your message, they might not know who you are, why you're connected, or why they should talk with you.

Always start a conversation when you connect with someone on LinkedIn!


If you've been ghosted by a LinkedIn connection, think about what you could've done differently. Are there problems with your current strategy? Also, take into consideration that it's not always your fault that you don't hear back. Sometimes it's on the other end. If that's the case, try following up again in a few months to get a conversation started again. Or, move on to someone else.


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  1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius
  2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk
  3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard
  4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn
  5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan
  6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller
  7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln
  8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison
  9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz
  10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart
  11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas
  12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney
  13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson
  14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller
  15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden
  16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White
  17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton
  18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein
  19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain
  21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius

Inspirational Career Quotes Confucius


2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk

Inspirational Career Quotes Carlton Fisk


3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard

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4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn

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5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan

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6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller

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7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln

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8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison

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9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz

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10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart

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11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas

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12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney

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13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson

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14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller

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15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden

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16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White

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17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton

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18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein

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19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain

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21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

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