Freebie of the Month: LinkedIn Invitation Scripts

October 1, 2017

 

 

LinkedIn has made it much easier to connect with people - you no longer need to "prove" that you know someone before sending an invitation to connect.

 

But that doesn't mean you should get all click happy on the "connect" button. If you're actively (or passively) job searching, it's critical to start building relationships with your network from your very first point of contact.

 

Here are 3 done-for-you scripts to use when expanding your network for job opportunities: Cold Invite to Expand Your Network, Cold Invite for an Informational Interview, and Cold Invite to a Recruiter/Hiring Manager with a Job Opening.

 

 

COLD CONTACT REQUEST - FOR NETWORKING/FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

 

Dear [Contact Name]:

 

My name is [your name] and like you, I'm working in/as a [industry, position]. [If possible, include another sentence about how you know this person].

 

I'm reaching out to you because [you've been sharing great content/I'm impressed with your career trajectory/I'd love to learn more about the company you work for...].

 

Thank you,

 

Fname Lname   

 

 

Completed Example:


Dear Enid Frick:

 

My name is Carrie Bradshaw, and like you, I share a strong passion for fashion and culture writing. I attended the most recent Women in the Arts Luncheon and found your keynote address both informative and inspiring.

 

I'm reaching out to you because you're sharing great behind-the-scenes content about working for Vogue.

 

Thank you for your time.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carrie Bradshaw

 

 

COLD CONTACT REQUEST - INTEREST IN FUTURE WORK/INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW

 

Dear [Contact Name]:

 

I was doing some research and your profile came up in the search results. I was really impressed by your recent [post/article/success at X company]. I'm a [current position] with an interest in [where you want to go].

 

If you ever have time for a quick call, I'd love to hear more about how you started working [in the field/at this company]. Let me know when you have some time.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Fname Lname

 

 

Completed Example:

  
Dear Elaine Benes:

 

I was doing some research and your profile came up in the search results. I was really impressed by your recent article on launching book tours for first-time authors. I'm a public relations specialist at Sunshine Events, with an interest in transitioning into the publishing industry.

 

If you ever have time for a quick call, I'd love to hear more about how you started working for Pendant Publishing.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Samantha Jones

 

 

CONTACTING A RECRUITER ABOUT A SPECIFIC JOB

 

Dear [Hiring Manager/Recruiter Name],

 

I have a strong interest in coming on board with your team at [company name]. I believe my [X years’] experience in [areas of expertise] may prove valuable in the role of [position/job title].

 

I think I can help your team [describe a problem/challenge you can solve and how].

 

I would appreciate speaking with you personally on the phone to further discuss how my experience fits with this role. You can reach me at: 123-456-7890.

 

Also, please find my resume and cover letter attached.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Fname Lname

 

 

 

Completed Example:

 

Dear Donna Paulsen:

 

I have a strong interest in coming on board with your team at Sunshine Corporation. I believe my 20+ years' experience in customer care and call centre operations may prove valuable in the role of Site Director. 

 

I think I can help your team consistently deliver the critical metric achievement and world-class customer experience that elevates BPO industry competitiveness and secures highly sought-after clients. 

 

I would appreciate speaking with you personally on the phone to further discuss how my experience fits with this role. You can reach me at: 123-456-7890.

 

Also, please find my resume and cover letter attached.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rachel Zane

 

 

Try these out and let me know how it goes - I'm betting you're about to see more "Accepted Your Invitation" messages in your inbox.

 

When someone does accept your invitation - make sure to say "Thank You."

 

Leave me a comment or email me at: tammybanfield@gmail.com

 

Want to know how to get headhunted? Download the free guide here: tammybanfield.com/freelinkedinguide

 

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Tammy Banfield is a professional resume writer and certified career coach who specializes in helping talented and ambitious women advance their careers and find rewarding, fulfilling jobs. Tammy has helped over 600 career seekers from around the world secure coveted positions. Connect with Tammy on LinkedIn or at her Website.

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