Enough self-praise, really; here is what you can do to connect to third-degree connections without letting LinkedIn know you are either
- Hacking them, or
- Connecting with a person outside your immediate circle
LinkedIn is very clever, though. You have to admit, they have blocked every possible way through which we can connect with people outside our immediate circle.
For example, let's say I want to connect with a person that works at Mashable. I type in Mashable and set the filter to suggest people working there. Right now, most of you would be thinking to just copy-paste the desired person’s name in the Search bar, but see what happens if I do that:
Alright, now I have Mr. ABC’s name, the designation and the name of the organization; Mashable. Try inputting the same name on LinkedIn, and you will get tons of suggestions [see above]. It will take hours to dig out that person, and that too, is not connectable; remember he is a third-degree connection?
Very smart, LinkedIn. Very smart, I must say.
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Anyway, once you are on your local Google Search page, follow this simple format to find the person you want to connect to:
a) The person’s FULL name (remember we could only see the first letter of the surname?)
b) The person’s LinkedIn profile, and
c) The ability to connect with that person
I found mine here, look:
I’m afraid, first you would have to make more connections so that you are able to take a peek into their names. There is no other way to get connected with them other than:
a) Sending an InMail,
b) Adding more people relevant to their industry, or
c) Upgrading your account and spending some Moola
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