By: Anne Hwang ‘23
“I’d like to join your LinkedIn network.”
If you have a LinkedIn profile and are an active user, then you’ve probably seen this message before. Frequently, when LinkedIn users are sending out a connection request, many will tend to skip over customizing the invitation note. However, in customizing your invitation note, you are more likely to make a better impression and be accepted by the other party. Here are 3 simple tips on how to customize your LinkedIn invitation note.
Professional Greeting and Salutation
When drafting your invitation note, the first thing to recognize is the greeting, as the greeting is often the first part that is seen by the receiver. The greeting can be something simple like “Hello” or “Dear” followed by the receiver’s name or Mr./Ms./Mrs./Mx. and the receiver’s last name.
Once you have finished typing your message, don’t forget to end with a proper salutation to sign off on a good note. You can conclude your note by thanking the person, wishing them the best, or stating that you are eager to speak with them/ looking forward to hearing back.
Do They Know You?
After your greeting, it’s important to identify yourself and whether the receiver knows you. If the other person does not know you but you know them, then you can explain what you know them from or how you know them. If you were given this person’s contact information by someone who knows them, make sure to include the name of whoever provided you with the contact information. This section of the invitation note is significant, as it gives you a chance to stand out, especially if you are reaching out to someone after an informational session.
What is Your Intention?
Lastly, state your intentions for reaching out to the other party. If you cannot think of a reason as to why you want to make a connection with the other party, then chances are it’s likely not in your best interest to do so. Common reasons why people make connection requests include: wanting to learn more about a career field or wanting to speak with someone experienced about their professional career trajectory. Whatever your intentions may be, make sure you state them politely. While writing, you should also keep in mind whether or not your intentions are appropriate— if you tell someone that your intent is to find a job or internship, chances are you likely will not be accepted. On the flip side, if you would like to inquire for more information about a company, one’s experience, or a career field, the chances of the other party accepting are likely to be greater, so choose your words wisely!
For more information, check out these resources:
- LinkedIn Invitation Examples
- How to Write the Perfect LinkedIn Connection Request
- Writing the Perfect LinkedIn Connection Requests (Templates Included!)
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