How To Send and Stop LinkedIn Invitations and Messages
Tips for sending LinkedIn Invitations and Messages
It is very easy to send messages to others on LinkedIn and tell them to join your network, to request them for career advice or write a recommendation for you. Although, sending LinkedIn messages is easy, still they have to be very well written and professional. These are some guidelines you need to remember .while writing a LinkedIn message
Guidelines for Sending LinkedIn Invitations and Messages
Greeting: Compose your message like a professional email when writing a message to a current contact.
Include a greeting: You can use their first name only if you on the first name basis with them. Else, use their title (Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. ABC).
Give your introduction: If you are sending a message to one of your contacts, it is obvious that you both already know each other. In case, you connected with this contact a long time ago and you feel they would not remember you, here you can surely begin your email with a small reintroduction (“It’s so hard to believe that an year has passed since we last met at XYZ inauguration”).
Show your readiness to help: If you are messaging someone to ask a favor from them (a recommendation, a career advice or anything of that sort), make sure you show them you are also ready to help them (“I would be more than happy if I can be of any help to you”).
On LinkedIn, there are more chances of someone returning you a favor if you have already done something for you.
Write a LinkedIn recommendation for them, this is a great way to ask for help. It really works well if you are ready to give in return or if you have offered an unrequested reference, you will be at an advantage when you need help.
Thank You: When you are messaging someone to ask for a favor, make sure you thank them when you are about to end your message. If they do what you asked them, make sure you follow
Don’t Overdo It
Don’t misuse your network. Be sensible about to whom you are asking for help and how frequently you request assistance. If you are employed right now, be very careful about who you ask help from. Don’t send bulk mailing to a long list of your connections. Rather, choose wisely who you ask help from and spend some time in customizing your request.
Tips for Sending LinkedIn Invitations to Connects
Personalize Invitation to Connect: LinkedIn gives a non specific message which is “I’d like to add you to my professional network.’ Don’t ever use this message. On the other hand, customize your each and every request. Here are some guidelines you should follow when you are writing an invitation to connect.
Introduction: If the person you are sending an invitation to is a complete stranger, start with a small introduction about yourself.
Why You Want to Connect: Give an explanation as to why you are interested in getting connected with them; maybe you read their latest blog which was on your favorite topic, you both belong to the same state etc. if you are connecting with them to seek career advice, include this in your invitation.
Till the time the person has not accepted your invitation, don’t ask for a job or a recommendation.
Mutual Benefits: Stress on that person can benefit if he connects with you. Something as simple as “I would be happy to help you” can show the person the possible benefits of becoming your connection.
Say Thank You: Don’t forget to end with a “Thank You.”
Follow-up: You can send another request if they haven’t replied to your previous request in a month or so. It’s best to stop after that. There are some people who like to keep a small list of closed contacts.
What Not to Do When Sending a LinkedIn Message
Don’t Send a Generic Message: LinkedIn’s canned language in your message request was deleted by you. Instead of that you started using your own template. This template was used by you for all invitations.
The way you will send the same cover letter with every job application, in the same way you shouldn’t send the same message with every invitation to connect. Spend some time customizing your invitation. This will increase your probability of getting a reply
Don’t Ask for More Than You’re Prepared to Give: you are so exhausted or you don’t know that person personally, that’s why you are not ready to write a recommendation for them. Now in that case you have no right to ask for a recommendation from them.
Don’t Stalk: Let it go if you have sent them a message in the beginning, and followed up once but still there is no reply from their side.
Don’t Treat LinkedIn as a Dating Site: This should be understood without even saying it but we will still say it. Make this fact clear in your mind that LinkedIn is not Tinder or Match. It doesn’t matter how much you like their headshot or seeing their educational qualifications makes you believe you both are connected from your past lives, LinkedIn is not the right place to start your love story.
How to Send a LinkedIn Message?
Here’s how to send messages to your connections:
Go to your Messaging page or straightaway to your connection’s Page.
Click the Message button on your connection’s profile. Now type your message in the given space.
Click the compose icon from the messaging page and type the name of the person you want to send the message. Messages can be sent to 50 contacts at a time.
Do you feel tired by all the emails you receive from Li
LinkedIn? LinkedIn sends you an email for everything-what your connections are doing, invitations, group messages, updates and much more, if you aren’t careful about your settings.
Your settings can be adjusted to limit or stop the number of emails you're getting if you are getting too many emails from LinkedIn. Cutting back on the number of messages you get from LinkedIn is so easy. By just following a few simple steps, you can do away with almost all the emails you receive.
How to Turn Off or Reduce the Messages You Get From LinkedIn
Here’s how to stop reduce LinkedIn emails:
- Click on privacy & settings- these are under your profile picture in the right corner of the desktop page.
- Click on Communications
From here you can change the bellow given options:
· Email frequency
· Who can send invitations
· Messages from member
· Group invitations
· Group notifications
· Participate in research
· Partner InMail
Clicking on each option will change your email and communication setting. Every section has different options for customising when and how you receive emails of that type e.g. clicking on “Email frequency”, you can select which types of emails from Connection invitations to Jobs and Opportunities you would and would not like to receive.
Where to View Messages
Your settings can be quickly edited to lessen the quantity of emails you receive from LinkedIn to a manageable amount. You’ll still be able to view messages in your inbox even if you turn off most email messages. Your inbox has different sections for Invitations and Messages from other LinkedIn users.