Hello, how are you?

Writing a generic LinkedIn invitation is the equivalent of replying “K” to a text message. It has become common practice for people to want to grow their LinkedIn connections when seeking a new opportunity but it doesn’t do you any favors by sending generic or default invite messages.

This article highlights the different angles you can use to customize your message for people you might have never met to those who are already in your personal network.

Employer feedback has been persistent that they won’t accept “generic” invitations and prefer a more targeted approach signaling that you have put some effort in reaching out to them. LinkedIn serves another tool to reach out to someone if you haven’t received a response from an email or phone call. It’s another avenue to make the connection and to showcase your interest in connecting.

If you have more questions on tailoring your message please contact the cmc@depaul.edu and set up an appointment with a career specialist.

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