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Are you having trouble coming up with a great LinkedIn invitation to request a connection with someone? Keep reading to find out what a great LinkedIn invitation should have and evaluate your recent invitations to see if you match up.

In previous articles we have discussed the good, the bad, and the ugly about receiving LinkedIn invitations. Everything from common etiquette to not being truthful in requesting a connection with someone you may not know. I would like to delve a little deeper to discuss what constitutes a great LinkedIn invitation.

The best LinkedIn invitations are personable. NOT just the standard “I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network” that LinkedIn provides. It is generic and does not convey the who, the why, and the what of the connection. If you read my blog often you know generic is a bad thing. The most successful invitations are personable in nature and explain why you want to connect with that person. People want to know that you picked them to connect with for a reason. That you are not just arbitrarily going through LinkedIn and randomly choosing people to connect with. Give the person the courtesy of explaining why you want to connect with them specifically.

Wondering why you want to connect with the person or how to say why you want to connect with them? It sounds obvious, but start with your common link. Are you both in the same group, work for the same employer, previously worked with the same employer, you consult with their organization, you are in similar or complementary industries? There are numerous reasons you may want to connect with someone. Tell them that.

Furthermore, you should explain the benefit of the relationship or connection. I also would not make it all about you. Clearly state what you could bring to the connection or relationship.

Before you start screaming and hitting the comment button – yes I do realize there are only 200 characters you can use when requesting a connection. This is where creativity and professionalism intersect. Delete the blanket text in the box and start fresh. Include why you want to connect and what you can bring to the connection – if you run out of space go back and delete wordy phrases or filler words until you have a concise and direct request. You can just delete the mushy stuff and get straight to the point – we know you want to connect, what we really want to know is WHY.

I would love to hear your best LinkedIn invitation requests. We are compiling the best ones and will publish them here for your reading enjoyment and hopefully it will make life a lot easier for millions of professional and executive job seekers on LinkedIn who want to connect and network but just don’t have the right words.

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Jessica Holbrook is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. She has written more than 100 articles that are featured on some of the best career advice Web sites today. As CEO of Great Resumes Fast, Jessica enjoys collaborating with forward-thinking professionals and executives, identifying their personal brand and value proposition and leveraging their unique talent, passion, and vision to position them as a leader in their industry. Her passion is helping professionals and executives uncover what makes them stand out in the crowd.

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  2. Gwen Darling on December 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Jessica!

    Great post! I shared similar thoughts on my Healthcare Informatics blog, which includes both good and “needs improvement” examples. Since I wrote this post, my invites have definitely taken a turn for the better!

    Looking forward to reading others’ best examples!


  3. David Cameron on December 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Jessica, makes great sense. I’m open to connections, but only so long as I see some common ground between myself and another. A network should be built upon a genuine need and interest in helping each other. If I see someone is playing a numbers game, then I’m out. I’m just not another number.

  4. Bonnie Lemmer on December 2, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Jessica, great topic for discussion. I have a hard time fitting in what I want to say in 200 words, especially to someone I haven’t been in contact with for a long time or might not know very well. I look forward to the comments.

  5. Teresa on December 3, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Jessica, great points. I’m looking forward to the examples, especially as it relates to what we bring to the connection or relationship.

  6. russ walker on December 3, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    KISS is my rule and if you promise a group manager or a new acquaintance that you won’t try to sell – keep yur promise.

    Here’s my shortie for asking to join a gropup-of-interest:

    I am working with many professional IT services clients on their CSR initiaties, their benchmarking and performance in global business sustainability and compliance.

    I may run into people or groups within these firms that may need qualified employees, may I join in order to help network if such opportunities arie?

    I will NOT use my membership to sell into the community.

    Best regards,

    Russ Walker

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  8. Kurt Kilroy on January 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Jessica, I have tried numerous times to actually discuss a topic with people who have asked to link with me and vice versa, but I have found almost no interest. I have even written that this is by no means a solicitation. So because I get no response and there are very few comments to most discussions, what is the point of this site?

  9. Pradeep on January 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Great article Jessica, I was wondering about this aspect..nice insight

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