How to Personalize LinkedIn Connection Requests
Back in the noughties when you clicked on the connect button you were taken to a dialog box where you have had the option to change the standard message to something more personal -- and more effective. More recently the connect button has been changed to send the request immediately. At first you could personalize requests from People You Might Know and user profiles. Today the only place where you can do this is from a user's profile.
What this means is that the connect button that you see in the People You Might Know section today is a one-click automatic request with the standard message:
|The Connect button in LinkedIn's People You Might Know section. This is a one-click automatic request with no personlization.|
|The Connect button in LinkedIn's search page. This is also a one-click automatic request with the standard message.|
But when you visit the personal profile of a user there is an identical connect button near the top of their profile:
|The Connect button on LinkedIn's user profile pages looks exactly the same but opens a dialog box.|
But in this case when you click instead of sending a standard request LinkedIn gives the dialog box which allows the text of the connection request to be personalized.
|In the dialog box you can include a personal note, which you most definitely should do if you want the request to be accepted.|
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