If you’re on LinkedIn, then you’re probably hoping to use it to advance your career, connect with clients or find a new job. If you’ve put the effort into filling out your profile and looking up colleagues and friends to connect with, then please, take the time to personalize the LinkedIn request.
Nothing aggravates me more than when I get a request from someone to connect with and all I get is the generic, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” The worst. Especially if we’ve never met.
There are so many reasons why this irks me:
If I don’t know you, why would I connect with you? I know that many people think that because LinkedIn is the professional network, that people don’t mind connecting with people they don’t know because it enhances their network. For many people, this isn’t the case. There are so many people who only want to connect with you so they can try to sell you something, or because they want to be a “super-connector”. So if you’ve never met me before, give me a good reason to accept your invite. Tell me how you found me and why you’re interested in connecting. Like this, “Hi Caitlin, I saw your presentation last week, thanks so much! I would love to connect with you in case I have questions in the future. -Whoever you are”
If you send me a request to connect and you send me the generic message, it shows me that you don’t care. You didn’t put in the time or effort to personalize it, so if I don’t know you, this tells me that you’re looking to connect for selfish reasons. If I do know you, just change the message to a quick, “Hey Caitlin, We should connect! Hope to see you at the networking event on Wednesday. -Whoever you are”
See how easy that is? Take a few extra minutes to put the effort in and you’ll see a lot more people accepting your invites and wanting to chat with you.
Want to give it a shot? This is a test… connect with me on LinkedIn!