Requesting Introductions thru LinkedIn

Several people are sending me “requests for introductions” on LinkedIn, which is great. It’s an extremely useful tool for networking and sharing information.

The problem is how requests are presented.

SUGGESTION: When requesting an introduction, LinkedIn asks you to write a short note both to the person you are trying to connect with, and the contact in between.

Be very thoughtful about these messages.

For example, yesterday a woman (Joan) requested an introduction from me to ‘Mark’ . I would be happy to send it along, except for the message she wrote to Mark.

In her message, Joan said, “Hi Mark, I’m sending you my cover letter and resume for the Director job at Hospital, Inc.. Thanks for your help”

What’s wrong with this message? How do you think Mark will react? What do you think he’ll do with Joan’s resume and cover letter?

Do any of you have suggestions for Joan in regards to using LinkedIn’s requests for introductions more effectively?

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