Saturday, June 19, 2010

Linked in - contact requests

Have you ever received a linkedin connection request from someone you dont know? What did you do with it? Did you receive an email request to help with a job in your company immediately after accepting the request? How did you respond? Here is an example of request I received and my response:


By looking at your resume and your emails, I could tell that you are desperately seeking a job. I can understand your situation. This is the piece of advice I have to offer:

  • Work on your resume - it is not telling much regarding why someone should hire you
  • Show what you could do for a company
  • Dont show your desperation
  • Rather than applying for each and every job, identify few jobs for which you are a good fit
  • Pursue those hard. You may have contacted other people like you contacted me. Be professional and fair. Someone, who doesn't know you, will not recommend you unless they see something good coming out of it for their company
  • Work with recruiters in your area. Talk to them in person and share how good you are. They are probably the best bet for you.
  • Continuously learn from this process and keep improving.

Hope this helps.

--- On Fri, 6/18/10, John Doe via LinkedIn wrote:


John Doe has sent you a message.

Date: 6/18/2010

Subject: Regarding Position in company_name

Dear ___,
I have sent you my resume in my previous email.Please HELP me to get any suitable position in the company.
I sincerely hope to receive your guidance and recommendation for employment.

Best regards always,

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BTW, I generally ignore connection requests from people I dont know or dont want to know.