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
“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.