They probably haven’t had to build networks outside of their home town, school and family who have connected them to opportunities.
They probably haven’t tried to branch out of a skill set or industry they already are connected in.
They probably don’t understand that even if they can’t do something like hire you, that just spending some time over a coffee, perhaps sharing a suggested connection or some insight, is so incredibly helpful too.
They probably don’t understand that taking the coffee invitation is a clear sign that generosity is a part of their character, and ultimately someone you’ll always hope to do a good turn.
They probably aren’t worth worrying about.
Being ignored sucks, but chasing people who lack empathy and generosity is even worse.
How do I know this? Because I have lovely, privileged, smart and powerful friends who I watch ignore invitations because they don’t get it, and have never needed to get it. I hope they will get it one day, and I hope, in the meantime, whoever is sending those invitations is moving right along without losing too much sleep.