LinkedIn 500 Club (??): Why one person says you should have 500+ Connections

November 5th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

The QvQ debate (quality vs. quantity) is tiring.  I don’t care what you choose.  And I’m not going to try to change your thinking.

Needed to get that out of the way so this doesn’t become a post about which is better.

I just wanted to share ONE perspective from an inbound marketer (who also says he is a recruiter) to recruiters… and this is different than I’ve been hearing from a lot of people.  Check out what John Kreiss says on this post: Nine Steps to the LinkedIn 500 Club

John says:

“I always looked at each candidate’s LinkedIn account, because  the number of connections often communicated a lot.  If someone has more than 500 contacts, it’s an indication that the person values relationship building, and networking.”

Wow!  I think this is a stretch of assumption, but it’s his reality.

Other people say you are a “connection whore” and they think you connect with anyone, and they draw their own conclusions from this.

But John the recruiter says if you don’t have 500+ connections, you don’t get networking and relationships.

Again, I’m not interested in opening this up to debate (if so, we might as well debate religion, since this is like a holy war :p), I just wanted to share one perspective.

Do all recruiters think this?  No, definitely not.  Check out the comments on John’s post for more perspectives/thoughts.

  1. 5 Responses to “LinkedIn 500 Club (??): Why one person says you should have 500+ Connections”

  2. By Will Kintish on Nov 7, 2012 | Reply

    This is my thoughts on who we should invite or accept

  3. By Jason Alba on Nov 7, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for sharing your personal policy Will. That was copyrighted 2011… have you changed anything?

    I am not in support of anyone dictating the best connections policy since everyone has different needs/circumstances, but it’s cool to see how others make decisions…

  4. By John E. Bredehoft on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Regardless of how one feels about the statement, the reverse is certainly true – if you are on LinkedIn and have fewer than five connections, the person does NOT value relationship building and networking.

  5. By Steven Burda on Dec 15, 2012 | Reply

    I do look if you have 500 or not.

    Anything under 50 is unacceptable, in my opinion, on Linkedin (unless you JUST started)

    - Steven Burda


  6. By Will Kintish on Oct 26, 2013 | Reply

    I know it is 12 months since you posted the above Jason but I have only just noticed
    I do have an added note re this. If I want to meet someone new I will invite them but start by saying we haven’t met and then the reason why I would like to connect

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