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When is the right time to ask to connect on LinkedIn?

I had gotten a job over the summer and my dad insisted on me sending invites on LinkedIn on day one. However, I thought it made more sense to send it at the end because then the coworkers know you better and are probably more likely to accept. Thoughts?

Asked by DanielaSavannah College of Art and Design
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I think you might be overthinking this one a little. You can definitely request your coworkers on day one, though it would also make total sense to wait a little while to request to connect. I think waiting until the end of your tenure is not really necessary. At least in my experience, adding someone on LinkedIn is actually a pretty low level of commitment, and most people are pretty comfortable with adding just an acquaintance. So go ahead and add those coworkers, and maybe even some other folks while you're at it!

Answered by Anonymous UserQuietly Curious
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Good Afternoon Daniela,

A new job can be overwhelming because you're learning about your responsibilities, logistics of the organization, all while navigating the social challenges that a new opportunity brings. But that's the key word - your new job is an opportunity, which is why I believe your father may be steering you in the right direction in this instance.

During your first few weeks, try to be as proactive as possible to ensure you can connect with your new colleagues. You can find opportunities to learn about what they're accomplishing, how your new colleagues have found success within the organization, what challenges may already exist, and you'll start off on the right foot by networking with people who are probably just as eager to meet you.

One of my favorite qualities in my colleagues is someone who's a "Learn it All" instead of a "Know it All". If a curious new colleague reaches out to me, whether via LinkedIn, email, or in-person, I'm flattered and eager to help. I suspect most people operate this way.

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