How to Contact Someone I’m Not Connected to on LinkedIn

Contact Someone Not Connected To On Linkedin
Categories: LinkedIn Tips

Connect on LinkedInDo you ever run into the situation where you would like to contact someone on LinkedIn, but you are not connected to that person and thus cannot contact them? LinkedIn makes it a requirement that you are connected to a person before you can use InMail, LinkedIn’s messaging service. So, how can you contact someone on LinkedIn without being connected to them?

Here are a few options and tips for contacting on LinkedIn:

1. Join a Group

Look at the LinkedIn profile of the person whom you would like to contact and see if they are a member of any LinkedIn groups. If they are, you can join any of those groups and once you are a member, you can contact that person directly.

2. Upgrade Your Account

You can upgrade to a LinkedIn Premium Account. There are different premium levels running from $19.95 to $99.95 per month, but each level provides the ability to contact a certain number of people through LinkedIn InMail (email within LinkedIn) without being connected to them.

3. Get Introduced

If you are trying to contact a person, see how you are connected to that person. When you are looking at their profile, LinkedIn will let you know if you have a mutual contact. If so, ask that person to introduce you to this new person.

4. Email in Public Profile

Did this person list their email address in their LinkedIn public profile? If so, you can send that person a direct email. That’s not a guarantee they’d respond, but you’d at least have their email address in order to contact them.

5. Connect

The most obvious way to contact someone through LinkedIn is to get connected to them. If that’s not a possibility, then use one of the 4 methods listed above. You will have a better chance of connecting to someone if in your “Connect” message, you change it from the standard LinkedIn message to one that is personal and provides a reason why you are trying to contact that person. You may also try to get your name in front of this person before you connect with them on LinkedIn by retweeting their posts on Twitter and/or commenting on their blog. If they recognize your name from somewhere else, they are more likely to connect with you on LinkedIn.

What are some other ways you have connected with or contacted new people on LinkedIn? Please use the comment form below to share any thoughts.

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  • […] If you have some degree of connection, you can contact the person or get introduced through a mutual contact. If you are not connected with this person in any way, your best bet is to either join a group that this person is a part of or sign up for LinkedIn Premium. Both of these options allow you to contact the person directly through InMail (LinkedIn Mail). Here are some additional ways to contact people through LinkedIn. […]

  • marlaine courcelles
    June 10, 2015 12:57 pm

    trying to connect with someone on linkin . i have tried to connect. but they say no activity . how do u know if person is still on linkin

    • Hi Marlaine, if the person is on LinkedIn, you should be able to search for them and find their page. From their page, connect directly with them. If you can’t find them by searching within LinkedIn, try searching for their name and LinkedIn in Google and sometimes you can find the page that way.

  • Marie Christopher
    August 23, 2015 1:34 pm

    I have a new device & trying to log back in to my Linkedin account but now successful. its saying that my password is incorrect. I have only used 1 password in all my accounts. Please help, i have reset it but still won’t let me log in. Thank you very much in advance.

    • Hi Chris – just want to check and make sure that you are using the correct email address with your account. Your linkedin account may be under a different email address. Also, it’s a good practice to use a password management tool like LastPass or OnePassword instead of using the same password for everything.

  • I am on the trial membership and trying to send InMail message to a past business associates from a past consulting job… I typed out the message but there is no “send” button – and hitting the “ENTER” key did not seem to have sent the message out ? I tried both the Windows IE and Chrome. Did I miss something ? Thanks

  • Ahmad Moeed Khan
    February 5, 2019 4:15 pm


    I needed to ask if I can get some people’s contact details without adding them as my connections. Let me know if that is possible.

    • Each LinkedIn page has a “See Contact Info” option on the right side of where their image is in the top section. You can click that and see what contact info they have shared.

  • It says someone is already using my email address but it will not let me log in or will it not let me change my password

  • hey
    sir please tell me what is diffrent between linkedin connection and linkedin followers

  • Aline Uwimana
    March 1, 2021 5:50 am

    Hello Sir,
    Is there a way of connecting with people who are using premium, if they didn’t provide email in their contact info. Thanks


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