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Making Connections on LinkedIn

Social Media in Job Search

Question:

I’ve heard that you shouldn’t send the default message in LinkedIn when you want to connect with someone. Why?

Answer:

It’s important to at least add a few words to the default LinkedIn connection message. This is doubly true when you’re connecting with someone you don’t know in person, or with someone who might not remember you. A brief note about where you met, or why you want to connect, would make a big difference.

People who have been on LinkedIn for a long time, or who have many connections, or are famous in some way, get this scenario continually. They tend to assume that either you don’t know what you’re doing on LinkedIn, or you can’t be bothered to do it the right way. Is that really what you want?

Take a few minutes and compose your own message. It doesn’t need to be worthy of the Nobel Prize for Literature. It’s enough to send something like a simple “I met you at the networking event on Tuesday. It was interesting to hear your views on horse dentistry. I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn.”

Make the effort. It’s worth it.

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.