Networking 101: LinkedIn Messaging

Hi Guys, I hope you enjoyed my last post about Networking with Coffee Meetings.  You can check it out here if you'd like!

I wanted to share a little bit more advice I have learned along the way about LinkedIn messaging.  Now if you'd job searched before then you may know that LinkedIn is an amazing tool to help you connect with people and find jobs.  One of the things I found extremely helpful was connecting with people and sending them a message.

I had two ways I went about messaging people.  I either went for HR/Recruiters or someone that may be my potential boss.  I usually went for both of these routes on multiple companies. My reasoning for this was because human resources or recruiting usually knew best about the potential job openings. But I also found it really helpful to find someone who was a supervisor of the position I was looking at.  They can be very insightful on the position its self.  They know know if positions may be opening up sooner than HR.  This also makes an amazing impression and gives you an in to the company some times.

I had a template that I followed whenever I reached out to someone.  One thing you MUST do is make the message personal.  This takes a TON of time if you're reaching out to a lot of people.  I won't lie, but it does pay off.  

Make sure you personalize it with their name, say you're interested in the company, or a specific position you have seen. I would write about why I was interested and how my experience aligned.  

Make sure to keep it short and sweet.  These people are usually very busy and want you to get straight to the point.

I would also attach my resume and let them know how to get ahold of me.  If you don't hear back with someone don't be afraid to follow up in about a week.  Sometimes people forget to respond and it shows you're serious.  Do not message them every day though!

I found this method extremely helpful.  I learned about companies, made connections and someone once even told me they were leaving the company and to never work there for good reasons. 

I hope this method works for you! I'd love to hear about your experience and good luck to you if you are job searching!!