Lesson 13: Requesting Introductions + Referrals
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Introductions are the preferred alternative to sending Personalized Invites to people you don't know on LinkedIn. When you request an Introduction from one of your connections, you're asking that person to essentially direct another one of his or her connections to your profile.
When it comes to deciding whether you should send a Personalized Invite or request an Introduction, I highly recommend requesting an Introduction when you want to connect with a corporate recruiter, HR professional, hiring manager, or general employer at one of your ideal companies.
Now, the LinkedIn user you will want to send that Introduction request to is going to be either a colleague or one of the employees of this ideal employer who you already are a connection with. The point is you're going to be sending these requests for Introductions to mutual connections.
How To Request An Introduction
When LinkedIn did their major update in 2017, the method of sending Introduction requests for desktop and mobile changed. Now, there are two separate methods: one works with desktop the other works with mobile; and I'm going to show you how to do both methods and send those Introduction requests both by desktop and by mobile device.
From the desktop view, you can request an Introduction:
- Viewing the profile of the person you would like to be introduced to.
- Click on the three horizontal dots next to their name.
- Click “Share profile” and you will be directed to a new message within the messaging center of your LinkedIn account.
- Type in the name of the person you would like to send the message to.
This will preferably be a connection of the person you would like to be introduced to – a mutual connection. You'll notice that by sharing the profile the profile link of the person you would like to be introduced to is pasted into the body of the message.
I recommend beginning your message a little differently; address the connection that you're sending this request to by name and indicate why you would like to be introduced to this particular LinkedIn user. Also indicate who the LinkedIn profile address belongs to specifically, especially by using first and last name.
Finally, finish your message requesting specifically to be introduced to Kimberly (or the person you would like to be introduced to) and how to do so. Give brief instructions on how to share your profile with this LinkedIn user, and then thank your connection for the Introduction in advance.
To request an Introduction from a mobile device:
- Go to the LinkedIn profile of the user you would like to be introduced to.
- Beneath their primary Introduction information, you'll see under Highlights a list of mutual connections who can introduce you.
- Click “See who can introduce you.”
- Click on the messaging icon next to the name of the connection you would like to introduce you to this LinkedIn user.
You'll see a pre-populated message asking Kimberly (or the mutual connection) to introduce me to this particular LinkedIn user. I also recommend adding more context to the message by indicating why you would like to reach out to this user. Thank them again for connecting you in advance and click “Send Message.”
Here is your Action Task for this lesson: I want you to send a request for an Introduction to one of your 1st Connections this week.
Request an Introduction from (1) of your 1st Connections.
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