Have you ever wondered, “What do I write in a LinkedIn connection request?”
Well, one of my readers recently commented here about Linked connection requests. I love what he shared.
He outlined how he invites his 2nd-level LinkedIn connections to become 1st-level connections.
His method is so simple and professional that I want to share it here.
The 2nd-Level LinkedIn Connection Request
First, I show his template. Then, I share an example of how it might read in real life.
I’m a [Job Title] at [Company Name]. We have a few connections in common [Name 1, Name 2, and Name 3]. I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network as well.
How it would read:
I’m the Chief Marketing Officer at First Bank. We have a few connections in common (Doug McPhee, Stephanie Carroll, and Colleen Bixby). I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network as well.
The Logic of the Invitation
“I add common connections’ names and my mobile number to add relevance and validity to the request. I get about a 90% acceptance rate and no IDKs.”
A 90% success rate is fantastic!
BTW, IDK stands for “I Don’t Know.” If you rack up too many of them from people you invite, you can end up in LinkedIn Jail.
For Job Seekers
If you’re not working, you might substitute this for Larry’s first sentence:
I’m a [Job Title] in the [Blank] industry, which would read, I’m a Chief Marketing Officer in the financial services industry.
The Best Way to Close a LinkedIn Invitation Request
One more thing, a recent study of 350,000 emails found:
- “Thanks in advance” email closings got the most responses.
- “Thanks” was next.
- “Thank you” trailed “thanks in advance” by 12%.
Thus, consider substituting Larry’s “Thank you” closing with “Thanks in advance.”
If you do, I’d love to hear about your results!
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Updated December 2022
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