10 LinkedIn note message templates
LinkedIn Invitation Message Samples
Whether you use LinkedIn to grow your professional network, to look for a new job, or to sell services, you have to grow your network. The LinkedIn algorithms work in a way that only allow you to write a direct message to people who are your 1st-degree connections. That’s why, prior to writing a message to someone, you have to add that person to your network.
LinkedIn provides you with a great opportunity to add a note message to the connection request in order to personalize it. If you would like to add someone you already know, it is not necessary to add an invitation message but it’s always courteous and a few pleasantries never hurt. However, if you do not know a person at all, a note message is a must if you want your invitation to be accepted.
Here you can see how you can add a note message to your invitation request on LinkedIn. Step 1:
Let’s start with identifying what you should NOT do if you want your invitation to be accepted:
1. Do not send an invitation to someone you do not know at all without an invitation message.
2. The most boring 11 words a person could ever read in a note message are “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn”. Do not use this standard phrase.
3. Do not promote your services in a connection message. Nobody likes a hard sell.
4. Do not ask for any favors.
5. Do not act as though that person owes you anything. You are sending a request; it is not a demand.
6. Do not write too many opening words; get straight to the point.
So, what should a good note message look like that really works? Here are some useful tips that each note message should contain:
1. Make your note message personal.
2. Make it short but meaningful.
3. Add a call-to-action to your note message.
4. Finish your note message with a polite phrase.
5. Add your signature.
The Dooozen team has prepared 10 templates of appealing note messages on LinkedIn depending on your relationship with the person you intend to send an invitation request to. Do not simply copy/paste any of these templates; you need to change things to make it personal.
1. An existing colleague
When you want like to connect with your colleagues, people you currently work with, it’s a good idea to mention their contributions or your common role in a project, task, etc. In this way you will strengthen your professional relationship.
Although we haven’t yet worked together, I’ve heard a lot of positives about your productivity and original ideas which have contributed to excellent results. Looking forward to the possibility of working with you in future! Have a great day.
2. A new colleague
If you have only just met someone, you will be less familiar with them than with a colleague you have known for several months or even years. But the format remains the same as in the previous template: acknowledge a person’s achievements and pay them a compliment.
I’m really excited about starting work in your department, especially seeing as I’ve heard about your ability to make great teams achieve excellent results. It’ll be a pleasure for me to be led by a professional like you. Looking forward to many new projects together!
3. A former co-worker
If you were working with someone in the same team for a long period of time, it’s unlikely that your invitation request would be denied. But if you worked in a big company and, what is more, in different departments of a big company, the best way to write a note message is to specify when and where you had a chance to work together with this person.
It was a great pleasure to work together in the audit department at KPMG from 2018 till December 2019. Your productivity was the best in our team, and I was always inspired by the way you worked. I would be happy to connect with you and find out more about your current role at Microsoft.
4. Someone you know casually
Even if you know a person in an informal, casual way, it is a good idea to send an invitation request on LinkedIn, but in this case, point out their career and any achievements you are familiar with.
I’m so happy Peter introduced us 2 years ago. When we have a chance to meet up again, I would love to hear more about your role and achievements at Unilever.
5. Someone you met at a networking event
If you would like to connect with a person you met at a networking event several weeks or months ago, the most important thing you should do is remind them who you are, where and when you met, and what you discussed. The best way to connect with these people is directly after the event.
What did you think of the Berlin TechCrunch that was held in December 2019? It was great speaking to you in the matchmaking area and discussing the possibilities of our cooperation. I’m going to be in Berlin in a month, so what do you think about grabbing a coffee together? Let me know.
6. Someone you admire
If you send an invitation request on LinkedIn to a total stranger, you have to do your best if you want to ensure your invite isn’t declined. It’s important to say straight away who you are and give the core reason you have decided to send an invitation. Before writing a note message, look through the profile of this person, their company’s page, the content posted, and search for some hooks to refer to in your invitation request. Whether the startup received funding or the company has expanded, these are good points to mention, and your note message will be personal.
I see that you’ve recently started your own business and wonder if you needed any help in the field of web design and development. If you do, I would be happy to share our company’s portfolio and to discuss possible cooperation.
7. Someone in the same LinkedIn group
The fact you are in the same LinkedIn group with someone is a great opportunity to send an invitation request, so do not forget to mention it.
We are connected together in the “European Startups” group, and I really enjoyed reading the useful information you posted last week. I’d like to keep in touch and discuss the possibilities of our collaboration.
8. A recruiter
If you would like to add a recruiter to your network, check whether you have something in common – a mutual connection, a common LinkedIn group, participation in a professional organization, etc. If you have nothing in common, it’s a good idea to check the list of groups the recruiter is a member of, and join one of them.
I would be delighted to connect with you and discuss whether there are possibilities of working together. My good friend Ann Brian recommended your profile to me. I would love to chat and discuss whether my background and working experience fit any of the openings in your company, and I would also be happy to connect you with other professionals in my field.
I appreciate your feedback.
9. An alumnus
When you send an invitation request on LinkedIn to people with whom you were studying, or simply to students at the same university, it is worth mentioning your alma mater or something else which connected you in the past.
I see you obtained your Master’s Degree at KNU 2 years ago! I work as Head of Sales in an IT company right now, so I would be happy to share a cup of coffee with you sometime and discuss the possibilities of our cooperation for the future. When might you have time for that? Let’s connect.
10. An influencer in an industry you want to work with
If you are not familiar with a particular person, but you think there might be grounds for cooperation (for example, you work in a sales department of an IT company and would like to connect with a founder of a startup), you should explain what you are doing and why you have chosen to send an invitation request to this person. Do not forget to indicate how you can be of help to them, how you can satisfy their needs.
I hope you are doing well. I work with a web and app development company. If you have any web/app development projects in the pipeline, let’s discuss the possibility of working together. I look forward to hearing from you.
In any situation, if you would like your invitation requests on LinkedIn to be accepted, you have to be polite and show a person that you have given time and thought to writing a note message. Make each of the templates presented above personal, and you will easily be able to connect with anyone you like.
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1. What is the optimal length of an invitation message?
The maximum extent of a note message is 300 symbols, so 250-300 symbols is an optimal length.
2. How many invitation requests can I send per day?
Considering the LinkedIn algorithms and restrictions, you should not exceed 150 invitation requests per day in order to prevent your LinkedIn profile being blocked. Sending too many invitation requests may be considered as spam, and your account might be restricted from sending further invitation requests.
3. How can I automate sending invitation requests?
You can use various lead generation tools for automating sending invitation requests. Dooozen can also help you to automate connecting with people on LinkedIn. With the help of these tools you can automate not only sending invitation requests, but also benefit from other functions helpful for prospecting on LinkedIn.
Here is a list of exactly what can be automated with the help of tools:
- sending invitations to connect on LinkedIn (with or without a note message);
- sending a follow-up message;
- auto-visiting profiles;
- sending messages to 1st level connections;
- sending inMails;
- extracting profiles and companies;
- inviting people to join a group;
- inviting people to follow a company’s page;
- endorsing connections.
4. Where can I find my pending invitations?
a. Click on “My Network”.
b. Click on “Manage pending invitations”. You will be able to manage both received and sent invitations.
c. If you would like to withdraw pending invitations, click on the “Sent” button, and withdraw the latest ones. Don’t forget that you should not exceed the limit of 500-600 sent invitations if you want to avoid restrictions being put on your profile.
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