A reader recently wrote: “I had a question for you after reading your article, “Should You Contact Recruiters Who View Your LinkedIn Profile?”
She continued, “I applied for a sales job, and the Director of Sales for the company viewed my LinkedIn profile. Should I connect with him? If so, what should I say?”
On the first question, “Yes, connect!”
On the second question, I thought, “Why not look at what people have said to me?” So I paged back through invitations I had received to connect after:
1. Receiving an applicant’s resume.
2. Looking at the applicant’s LinkedIn profile.
I’m a retained search consultant, not a hiring manager, but I don’t think there’s much of a difference. Why? Because whoever the invitee, they’re either going to accept your invitation or not. It’s a binary thing.
Eight Sample Invitations
Here are eight invitations I received after viewing people’s profiles:
1. I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.
2. I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.
3. I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.
4. I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn. I thought it would be great to keep in touch.
I sent you a letter and resume via e-mail yesterday expressing an interest in the position of [Title] at [Organization Name]. I am currently the [Title] of the [Organization Name].
[Describes a recent event in his/her organization.] As a result, I plan to make a transition in the next few months. In addition to 10+ years in the [industry name] world, I have 25+ years in business and government.
I would like an opportunity to present my background and discuss this opportunity with you.
6. Since you are a person I trust, I wanted to invite you to join my network on LinkedIn.
7. I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.
8. Dear Donna,
I heard about your work from the [Organization Name] search as well as through [Person A] and [Person B].
I hope we can connect soon.
[First & Last Name]
Not much variety, is there? These invitations are pretty simple stuff from the real world (you can see some slightly fancier, made-up samples here). Low bar. No rocket science.
I didn’t think more or less of anyone because of the language in his/her invitation.
(Well, Number Six made the sender look like a dweeb. Fortunately, LinkedIn has deleted that canned invitation since this post was initially published.)
Show Your Self-Confidence
Why? Because I was too busy liking the writers’ self-confidence and action orientation toward forming a relationship.
In fact, if you’re applying for a sales job and you don’t follow up with a Director of Sales when she or he views your LinkedIn profile, you might eliminate yourself from contention for lack of go-getter-ish-ness.
I had looked at these people’s LinkedIn profiles and not invited them to connect. Thus, if they wanted to connect with me, they had to extend the invitation. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
BTW, I accepted every invitation.
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Updated June 2017
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Donna Svei, an executive resume writer and former C-level executive, retained search consultant, and CPA, writes all of AvidCareerist’s posts. She has written for and been quoted by leading business, general, and career media outlets, including Forbes, Mashable, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, Ask.com, Social Media Today, IT World, SmartBrief, Payscale, Business News Daily, and the Muse. Let her background and experience inform your job search strategy and decision making.