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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. (Psst! Can’t get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) Ghosting is when someone abruptly stops communicating with someone else, and it happens all of 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.

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Successful networkers don’t just make an effort to meet as many people as they can, they also make an effort to bring people together within their network. When you introduce two connections, your network becomes stronger and more valuable. But how do you introduce two people effectively? (Psst! Can't get hired? Watch this free tutorial.)

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to give a recommendation. It feels good to give to others, doesn’t it? There are so many ways to give back to your community, family, friends, and colleagues. Giving recommendations is a great way to show your appreciation for them. Sharing your personal testimonial for others can brighten their day, as well as help their professional brands. Who doesn't like to hear (or read) all of the good things people have to say about them? Today, challenge yourself to give a recommendation to someone. You can do this using LinkedIn. In fact, there’s a whole section that’s dedicated for recommendations on your LinkedIn profile. Decide who you'd like to recommend, write them a brief recommendation, and then send them a message to give them a heads up. Also, make sure you offer to make any changes if they want them. Be as accommodating as possible. Remember, this is going on their public profile, and people are going to see it. You want to make sure they're 100% okay with what you've written. So, think about who you’ve worked with in the past. Who really stood out to you? Who really made a difference? What were their skills? What are their best character traits? Why were they great to work with? Answer these questions and write a brief recommendation for at least one person in your network. They will appreciate the gesture, and heck, they might even return the favor, if you’re lucky! When was the last time you thought to give a recommendation to someone? What's the best recommendation someone has given YOU in the past? What made it so great? Tell us!

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