There is perhaps hardly anyone in college who does not use Facebook. The social networking website is so addictive that students spend hours on the website. However, as students, it is also important to understand that professional networking is far important in life. Professional networking plays a big role in getting internships, interview calls and job notifications. Having a sound professional network also plays a major role in making your profile stand out compared to others’. Moreover, many a times, you may need to send LinkedIn invitations and messages to some people in industry, which is certainly a test of your etiquettes and professionalism.
But maintaining a profile on biggest professional networking website, LinkedIn, is not a joke. There are ways in which you can use the power of LinkedIn messages and invitations to land your favourite internship or dream job. Let’s have a look at the ways in which you can LinkedIn for job search.
While sending a message, it is very important to make it look like a professional mail. Don’t just write statements like you do on Facebook. Mention salutations properly. “Dear XYZ’, ‘Regards, ABC’ and other aspects of formal mail must be adhered to. Use the first name of a person only if you are on a first-name basis with that person. Otherwise, use their surname, e.g. ‘Dear Mr. Batra’.
While sending invitations, subject line is automatically added. However, when you are sending an inMail, do remember to include a subject line that reflects the purpose of your message.
It is always a good practice to introduce oneself first, at the beginning of the message. Introduction can be skipped if you are well acquainted with the person.
Show you want to help
Any message sent by you will not find a place in the priority list of the recipient if it does not add value to him/her. In case you need any help, show that you are willing to help as well. For instance, you need a recommendation. Write to the person saying, “May I please request you to write a recommendation for me. It will be a pleasure for me too to write a recommendation for you.” This way, you establish a process of two-way benefit.
Or alternatively, write a recommendation for someone and then send the message requesting for recommendation. It is always a good practice to write recommendation for people who have recommended you. It is a kind of reciprocation of the favour done.
Don’t go overboard
Never send mails to a mass of people at once. This will lead to spamming, will create a bad impression of yours on others and may also lead to loss of a few vital connections. Hence, be very judicious with your use of LinkedIn messages.
At the end of the mail, don’t forget to thank the recipient. Thanking message becomes even more important if the person has done some favour to you.
Messages on LinkedIn are much more powerful tools than you can think. If used judiciously, they can help immensely in your journey as a professional.