“Your network is your net worth.” 

That’s what they say.

And in my opinion, truer words have never been spoken.

Whether you’re a freelancer looking forward to acquiring new clients or a full-time job seeker, you can just tap into the power of LinkedIn.

That’s how powerful the platform truly is.

And the thing is – it has been built such that it encourages people to connect with each other and build professional networks.

But that doesn’t mean that you should go out there and randomly send a connection request to every profile you come across.

While you’re using LinkedIn, when you hop onto someone’s profile, you’ll see 1st, 2nd, or 3rd next to someone’s name like this:

What Does 1st, 2nd, 3rd Mean on LinkedIn?

Wait! What’s that?

And why is there a different number for different profiles?

If that’s what you are wondering, allow me to explain.

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I’m so excited to share this with you. 

Let’s have a look straight away.

What Does 1st Mean on LinkedIn?

When you hop onto a person’s profile who you have connected with on LinkedIn, then you’ll see 1st next to his/her name. And when I use the word ‘connected,’ I mean the person who is already your LinkedIn connection. 

What Does 1st Mean on LinkedIn?

If you send someone a connection request and they accept it, or if someone sends you a connection request and you accept it, then when you head over to their profile, you will see 1st next to their name.

These are people who willingly connected with you on LinkedIn.

What Does 2nd Mean on LinkedIn?

Now, if someone isn’t your LinkedIn connection, then you won’t see 1st next to their name. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will see 2nd next to the person’s name who is not your connection.

When you see 2nd next to someone’s name on their profile, then it means that the person is already a LinkedIn connection of one of your LinkedIn connections.

What Does 2nd Mean on LinkedIn?

Let’s say ‘Ram’ is my LinkedIn connection. Whereas ‘Ashish’ is not. But ‘Ram’ and ‘Ashish’ are connected with each other on LinkedIn. Now, when I head over to Ashish’s profile, I’ll see 2nd next to his name. That’s because he’s already connected with one of my connections, in this case, it’s ‘Ram.’

Think of 2nd connection as my connection’s connection who isn’t connected with me. As soon as I connect with Ashish, the 2nd will turn to the 1st.

What Does 3rd Mean on LinkedIn?

This is where it may get confusing. When you see 3rd on LinkedIn, then it means that the person’s profile you’re seeing is connected with your 2nd-degree connections.

Let’s say ‘Ashish’ is my 2nd-degree connection. Now, he obviously has people in his network who aren’t my connections and who aren’t connections of even a single person in my network. So, let’s say there’s one person ‘NAME’ who I don’t know and none of my LinkedIn connection knows.

What Does 3rd Mean on LinkedIn?

If I head over to that person’s profile, I’ll see 3rd next to his name. 

Get my point? When you see 3rd on someone’s LinkedIn profile, next to his/her name, then that means the person is connected with your 2nd-degree connections. 


And that’s what 1st, 2nd, and 3rd mean on LinkedIn. You can use these as filters on LinkedIn – to help you build find the right people to network with and build long-lasting relationships.

 If you want to send them an inMail, you should definitely read our “What is inMail in LinkedIn? All You Need to Know” post.

I hope I was able to address your queries.

And if you think I missed out on anything, don’t forget to leave your valuable comments.

Thank you for reading.

And as always, love you guys! 

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