7 Tips For Writing A Great LinkedIn Invitation

Ariella Coombs

Whether you’re new to LinkedIn or you’re a seasoned user, connecting with new people can be a challenge, especially when you’re not sure what to write in your LinkedIn invitation.

You might be tempted to use the generic “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” template, but beware! By not personalizing your message, you could lose a precious opportunity to network.

How To Write A LinkedIn Invitation

Here are seven great tips on writing LinkedIn invitations from our approved career experts:

3. Find Something In Common

When trying to to find something in common with your potential connection, Haddaway suggests asking yourself these questions:

  • Is it a mutual career field or interest?
  • Do you have connections in common?
  • Are you connected through LinkedIn Groups?

Here’s a request example offered by Debra Wheatman of Careers Done Write:

Example: Dear Jane: I see that you are a member of xxx group. I am also engaged with this group and would like to share some ideas with you. Please accept my invitation to connect.

This example is short and sweet, but it gets the point across effectively.

4. Make It Personal

“One-size-fits-all invitations are a waste of time,” says Cheryl Simpson of Executive Resume Rescue.

Always personalize your invitation to connect in some way, she advises. Mention a shared group membership, note a common contact, or point out similar backgrounds, education, or experience. If all else fails, tell the prospective contact what you hope you both will gain from the connection.

5. Be Enthusiastic

“If you’re approaching the CEO/founder of startup on LinkedIn, as part of a job search, you want to start and end by showing your enthusiasm for their business,” says Kathy Ver Eecke of Working For Wonka. “Your expertise, background, and skill set should take a backseat to your enthusiasm and passion for their business. You want to get their attention and break the ice? Lead with that and you’re in.”

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The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn Profile Perfection

Having a complete LinkedIn profile makes you 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through the network, so it’s important that you take the time to fill it out properly and make sure it stands out from competition. On average recruiters will look at your profile for around 6 seconds, giving you a tiny window of opportunity to capture their attention before they move on to the next potential candidate.

If you’re unsure about how to give your LinkedIn profile the ‘wow factor’ that will get you noticed, Leisure Jobs have put together this informative guide, outlining everything your profile needs from an attention grabbing headline, to the perfect profile picture.

Your Profile:

1) Headline –

Your headline is the most important part of your profile and is what people will see when you appear in search results. Make sure it is succinct, creative and includes key words related to your role and industry. LinkedIn scans for keywords, so avoid wacky job titles and stick to things that expand on your professional job title.

9) Skills and Endorsements –

Add skills that are relevant to your professional role, background and interests. These will help you to appear in search results when people enter these specific terms and people who add skills to their profile get 13 times more views than others. Other users are then able to endorse you for the skills that they think you are particularly good at, adding credibility to them.

Your Network:

1) Connections –

Try to create at least 300 connections, as this will expand your network so that you have access to more profiles. Try not to exceed 3,000 connections however, so that you can keep use of the platform practical. Be strategic about who you connect with, limiting it to people in your industry, past and present colleagues/clients and business prospects.

3) Contacting other users –

Unless you have LinkedIn Premium, you are usually only able to send messages to people within your network; however you can get around this by joining a group and contacting them through there (more info on how below).

Your Company:

1) Showcase page –

A showcase page is a niche page that branches off the pain company page to promotes a specific product or targets a specific market. You can create up to 10 free showcase pages, on which you should include all the same kind of information as on a company page, such as industry, links and images.

Top Tips:

  • The best times to post on LinkedIn are Tuesday and Thursday between 7am-9am.
  • Your profile is 5 times more likely to get viewed if you join and are active in groups.
  • If you’re looking for a new job, you can turn off your activity broadcasts so that your boss doesn’t see.
  • Publishing on LinkedIn is a great way to demonstrate your professional knowledge and create a voice for yourself in your industry.

See more on each subject and an awesome infographic posted at TheUnderCoverRecruiter

Stay sharp on social media: 10 LinkedIn Do’s and Don’ts

By Jon Hernandez

As the last members of the human race that will be able to remember video stores and landlines, millennials are also the first generation to have their entire adult lives recorded by social media. The Generation Y’ers are finally starting to cultivate their professional careers, and keeping up a positive presence and reputation online is the key to making those career aspirations a reality. After all, with over a quarter of the earth’s population registered on some form or another of social media, few of us are safe from a quick Google search.

LinkedIn is starting to gain a lot of traction in the professional realm, as recent data suggests Google is doing is driving a ton of traffic to the social media platform. So the next time you apply for a job, there’s a pretty good chance that your prospective employer will be redirected to your LinkedIn profile. And with summer job opportunities right around the corner, I can’t think of s better time for the Digital Tattoo’s inaugural guide to LinkedIn: 10 Do’s and Don’ts.

DO: Keep all your jobs up to date

It’s a good habit to update your LinkedIn page every time you take on some new work. Not only will you let your connections know about your sweet new gig, but you’ll save yourself from one mega-update in the future.

DON’T: Undervalue your previous jobs

A lot of students come out of university with very little professional experience, so it’s always important to highlight some of the skills and techniques you might have acquired from previous jobs that might, on the surface, appear to have no relevance to your new career path. For example, you might feel silly sharing your experience as a burger flipper on the professional network, but working in a kitchen can require a lot of teamwork, communication, problem solving, and working under pressure. Don’t sell yourself short.

DO: Endorse the work of your connections

LinkedIn allows you to vouch for the abilities of your connections by ‘endorsing’ some of their skills. It doesn’t take too much effort to endorse a connection, and in doing so, you might just get a few endorsements back. These points of reference can be very appealing to potential employers, especially if you have some reputable endorsers.

DON’T: Try to make false connections

It’s common belief that the more followers we have, the more important we are—but LinkedIn doesn’t quite follow that logic. A good profile—complete with awards, accomplishments and writing samples—can stand on it’s own. Have faith in who you are, not how many connections you have.

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5 Things To Do TODAY To Get Noticed On LinkedIn

Post by Ariella Coombs

These days, you’re a simple Google search away from blowing recruiters away or making them rethink your candidacy for a job. So, it’s important to stay on top of your online presence! Plus, if you want to get noticed by employers or recruiters, you need to be proactive. Here are five things you can do TODAY to help you get noticed on LinkedIn:

4. Recommend or endorse someone.

In order to get recommendations or endorsements, you need to give them out. Write a thoughtful recommendation for a connection you know and trust. Give out a few endorsements to people who have showcased their skills to you. The more you give to others, the higher chance they’ll repay the favor.

5. Update your your accomplishments.

Take a few minutes to go over your Work History and make sure your numbers, keywords, and accomplishments are accurate. Do this now, and you won’t have to do a complete overhaul later. It’s good to keep up with it!

If you want to get noticed on LinkedIn by recruiters, employers, or anyone else, it’s critical to keep your profile and presence up to snuff. It’s better to do it little by little rather than completely re-do it when you need it most. Try using these tips today!

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3 Ways To Get Noticed By Recruiters On LinkedIn

Margaret Buj

Simply joining LinkedIn isn’t enough. If you want to get noticed by the top recruiters in your industry, you’ve got to find a way to stand out from the crowd. Like many recruiters, I fill a majority of my open roles using LinkedIn and I use this platform on a daily basis to identify and approach passive candidates.

Here are my top tips on how to get noticed by recruiters on LinkedIn:

2. Be proactive.

A lot of people join LinkedIn, add a few connections and then they stop any activity, yet they are surprised they are not getting many emails.

Instead of waiting to be noticed:

  • Identify recruiters in your target companies, and invite them to connect with you. If you make a good first impression, you increase the likelihood you’ll be considered for a future role.
  • Make connections on a regular basis. Add your current and previous colleagues on LinkedIn and regularly keep adding connections, for example, after visiting an industry event. The larger your network, the easier it is for you to connect with employers and leaders in your field. I also connect with people I meet professionally and I accept invitations from those I haven’t met if we have common professional interests.
  • Engage with your network – you can keep in front of recruiters by posting relevant information, news and interesting articles
  • Join groups – joining relevant industry groups on LinkedIn is a great way to showcase your expertise. Recruiters will often search groups looking for strong candidates – show them you are one by proving thoughtful answers and comments.
  • Participate in discussions. Intelligent, articulate responses may attract attention from recruiters and lead to an interview or job offer.

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10 Ways to Use the New LinkedIn Mobile App

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Have you tried out the new LinkedIn app?

Do you want to make the most of its features?

The new LinkedIn app makes it easy for marketers on the go to do nearly everything they’d do on a desktop from a mobile device.

In this article, I’ll share 10 ways to use the new LinkedIn mobile app to stay in touch with your professional contacts.

3: Engage With Your Connections’ Updates

The redesigned LinkedIn app interface makes it easy to find, share and otherwise engage with your connections’ updates. This is a great way to stay top of mind with your network.

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Like, comment on or share updates in your feed.

If you find an update that you want to share, click the Share button in the lower right of the post. In the pop-up menu that appears, select Share. Then write a short message about the update and click the Share button in the lower right.

share someones update

After you click Share, select whether to share the update, send it as a message or share the link.

Since the new LinkedIn app launched, I seem to be getting more relevant updates in my news feed. It’s much easier to like, comment and share when I have downtime, because the content I really want to interact with is right at my fingertips.

#5: Edit Your Profile

If you’re attending a conference or in a meeting and notice something is wrong with your profile, you can fix it right in the app. Previously you could only make basic profile edits through the LinkedIn app. Now, you have a number of options.

To edit your profile, go to the Me tab and click on your name to open your profile. Click the pencil icon to the right of your profile photo to edit the Intro section. You can update your name, header, where you live, education and summary. When you’re finished making changes, click Save in the upper-right corner.

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To update your profile, click the pencil icon in the section you want to update.

Also, you can add or delete entries in Experience. Note there is very little you can do with the Skills section. However, the editing options in the redesigned app are a substantial improvement over the old version.

#6: Send and Receive Messages

The Messaging feature in the LinkedIn app is actually easier to use than the desktop version. To access your messages, click the Messaging tab.

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Scroll through and respond to messages in the app.

If you see a message you want to respond to, click the message and type your reply in the text box at the bottom of the screen. Then click Send.

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Respond to messages quickly and easily.

To send a new message, click the Message icon in the right corner of the screen. In the New Message window, enter the recipients name in the To field and type your message in the text box at the bottom of the screen. You can also upload an image, but you can’t attach an actual file. When you’re finished composing the message, click Send.

Your communication on LinkedIn is one of the building blocks of your business. The faster you can communicate, the quicker you can close a deal.

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