How Do You Handle Student LinkedIn Invitations?

Chaim Shapiro

Chaim Shapiro
Twitter: @chaimshapiro

I wanted to invite you into a Twitter discussion I was having about an issue that most career services professionals have probably had to deal with this at some point: How do you handle LinkedIn connection requests from students?

To me, the fundamental question comes down to whether a LinkedIn connection to a career services professional provides a real added benefit to students.  If it does, then I would argue that benefit MUST be extended (or denied) equally to ALL students.  If it doesn’t, then it is simply a matter of personal preference.

How do YOU handle student LinkedIn invites?  Please vote in the Flash Poll!  Disagree with my analysis? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!



Chaim Shapiro

3 thoughts on “How Do You Handle Student LinkedIn Invitations?

  1. I would have also chosen accept students that I know well. The problem that I’m discovering now that I’ve moved on from my first institution is that I have a lot of students from that school, in my network, and they are not necessarily an active or contributing part of my network.

    • Thank you for your comment Laura.

      Do you find any negative reprecussions from having those students from your previous school as your network?

      • Not really anything negative, but I struggle to make them an active part of my network, and I wish there was a better way to separate them from the components of my network that relate to my own career development

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