A few weeks ago, I got an email cry for help from an HR colleague. Like many of us, she was on the receiving end of yet another generic LinkedIn connection request. The problem? Well, the requester wasn’t exactly putting their best foot forward. When Janine got the invitation, she replied politely and expected to start a conversation. This is what happened:
I want to thank you for your invitation to connect, and am always interested to start a conversation with people who want to connect with me.
I’m looking forward to hearing how we may be of service to each other.
Sheldon: Well as my tagline says, I am currently looking for a new opportunity.
Ouch! As you can imagine, Janine deleted Sheldon from her network, but not before sharing that conversation with her colleagues. Want to avoid being the object of attention? Then observe these netiquette rules when reaching out on LinkedIn.