The LinkedIn invitation request feature can be beneficial to expand your social network and connect with more potential clients, customers, and business partners.
However, this process can feel overwhelming to some users, especially those unfamiliar with the process and unsure how to proceed.
This article will show draw out exactly how to send a LinkedIn invitation request step by step to help readers avoid common mistakes.
It’s not about sending “any” invitation; it’s about growing your network with people in a specific niche, industry or location that is beneficial to you as a professional.
Step 1: Search for specific job titles to find matching profiles.
In order to make your search more targeted and effective, use a specific job title.
For example, if you are in human resources and looking for your next manager, searching ‘manager in human resources’ is more effective than just ‘manager’.
Be sure to select ‘people’ so that you don’t get any irrelevant search results.
Although several profiles will pop up, you won’t have to weed through as many profiles if the search is specific enough.
Step 2: Select "2nd connections"
After connecting with first-degree connections (people you know personally), it is time to send the second set of connection requests by selecting ‘2nd connections’.
Depending on how many connections you have, finding people who aren’t already in your network may be more challenging.
On top of that, because these are second requests, chances are these folks don’t know you too well—if at all.
You might get fewer positive responses than when sending connection requests to people who actually know you (your first-degree connections).
If this happens, try asking for an introduction from a mutual friend or send personalized messages (we’ll talk about that later)
Step 3: Select the locations in which you want your connections
If you want to get search results from people in your area, make sure to specify the location you are in.
How does this come in handy?
Sometimes growing your network means meeting with the people you want to send invites to.
By narrowing down your search location, you will be able to find or select people that can become part of your network in real life.
Click ‘show results’ and use all the relevant filters to specify your audience.
The more specific you are about how many connections you want and where you want them from, the better results you’ll get.
Step 4: Scroll through the connections at the bottom of the page
There will be several pages of professionals that you can scroll through depending on keywords or the filters you have chosen.
Make sure to go through each of them, so as to not miss any interesting connections.
Step 5: Choose which profiles you want to send invitations to.
When you’re ready to start sending out requests, look for the ‘connect’ button beside a person’s name and click it.
BUT, always remember to… Look at Step 6
Step 6: Add a personalized message
It’s time to add a personal touch to your message.
Don’t underestimate how much people appreciate personalized messages, whether in an email or on social media.
For example, if you recently attended a webinar or workshop and liked it, you can start with something like “Hello [name]! I was excited to hear you speak at [insert event here]. I thought we might be able to help each other out!”
Anything that makes them know you have really done your homework on them or their professional life is going to be helpful here.
Send follow-up messages and CTAs when your Linkedin invitation gets accepted.
Successfully sending a LinkedIn invitation request is one thing.
After that, it’s all about sending consistent follow-up messages and CTAs (Calls To Action) to build rapport with your new connections.
Thank them for accepting your invitation and if you’ve had a chance to chat with them, send them a quick message thanking them for their time and conveying that you enjoyed getting to know them better.
Withdraw an unanswered LinkedIn invitation request
If you’ve sent connection requests to people and haven’t received an answer, it’s okay to withdraw your requests.
This will show that you’re confident in who you’ve connected with and have screened them carefully.
Just remember that if people are going to connect with you, they should be interested in your work (and vice versa).
After you’ve finished setting up your new account, sending an invitation request is fairly simple.
This process can be completed in under three minutes and requires no technical experience to accomplish.
Choose who you want to connect with, and connect with them through a personalised note.
It really is as simple as that! If you want to grow your network organically, quickyly, and efficiently but don’t have the time to do it yourself…
Then maybe you should leave it in the hands of professionals.
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