How many LinkedIn connections do you need to make the magic happen? The answer is … it depends.
It depends on how many people are in your niche. If you are in a highly specialized niche then less may be better.
It depends on the size of the networks of your 1st-degree connections. If everyone in your network has a small network (less than 10 connections) then you will need more.
If your perspective client base or the industry you work in is large you will need more.
It all depends on the size of your total network. LinkedIn used to tell you the size of your total network. With the latest version, you can only see how many 1st degree connections you have, which for me is 4,604.
I recently was working with a gentleman who was looking to move into a very specialized niche of mathematical modeling. Searching LinkedIn using 3-4 keyword phrases we found almost 3,000 profiles.
We then started to find the influencers in the industry and connected with them. Next, we found people who were working in the industry and had a similar background. We sought out people who looked, smelled and tasted like our client. Check out my post on this topic titled Finding People Who Look, Taste and Smell Like You.
The third step was critical, connecting with recruiters at target companies. Recruiters have large networks, and if they are recruiting in a specialized niche, they will be connected to many in the niche.
When accepting LinkedIn connections, you can be selective on which ones you accept.
My guess and it is only a guess if you reach 200 connections you probably have enough LinkedIn connections to get the magic to happen.
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