All this discussion about whom to invite to “Connect” and whom one should ‘Accept’ when receiving an invitation – it started me thinking about what information should be included to create a good “Connect” invitation through LinkedIn? Some thoughts:
- Personalize– Most users have received the generic heading, Bob Jones “…has indicated you are a friend/fellow group member/classmate/etc.” Go one step further and personalize the invitation. Taking a few moments to add some personal words to the invitation goes a long way.
- State How You Know the Person – Unless it is a good friend or someone who knows you very well, it is a smart move to remind the LinkedIn user how you know him/her.
- What Is the Purpose of the Relationship – I have received invitations from young alumni and students who tell me they wish to “Connect” in order to keep me updated with regards to their job hunt progress while others will state they wish to stay in contact to discuss jobs at Notre Dame when they become available. I appreciate when a user defines the relationship for me and I find this step very helpful when I don’t know the user very well.
Share your thoughts…what catches your eye when receiving a LinkedIn invitation?