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LinkedIn Connection Request Guide 2024

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January 27, 2024

Sending a LinkedIn connection request involves visiting a member's profile and clicking the 'Connect' button.

  • Go to the member's profile.
  • Click 'Connect' in the introduction section.
  • Personalize your invitation with 'Add a note' or 'Personalize Invite'.
  • Type a personalized message and click 'Send invitation'.
  • Other methods: 'Connect' on search results, importing contacts, accepting invitations, and using 'People You May Know'.
  • Remember to be brief, polite, and clear about your intent within the 300-character limit.

To send a connection request on LinkedIn, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the profile of the member you'd like to connect with.
  2. Click or tap the Connect button located in the introduction section of their profile.
  3. To personalize your invitation, click or tap Add a note (on desktop) or Personalize Invite (on mobile).
  4. Enter your personalized message in the text field. Remember, personalization can significantly increase the likelihood of your request being accepted.
  5. Click or tap Send invitation.

Additional methods to connect with people on LinkedIn include:

  • Using the Connect button on the search results page next to the member's information.
  • Importing contacts on the Grow Your Network page using their email address.
  • Accepting pending invitations on the My Network page.
  • Clicking the Connect button under a member's name in the People You May Know section.
  • Asking a mutual connection to introduce you to a 2nd-degree connection.

Keep in mind:

  • You may be asked how you know the member when sending a connection request. If you select "We don’t know each other," you'll need to send a message first to establish a relationship.
  • Invitations sent from the People You May Know feature in the LinkedIn mobile app can't be personalized.
  • A primary email address is required to send invitations.
  • If the recipient responds to your custom message, a new message thread will appear in your Inbox.
  • Your account may be temporarily restricted from sending invitations if members report them as spam.

When crafting a personalized message, consider these tips:

  • Introduce yourself briefly and mention your profession or common interests.
  • Explain how you found their profile, whether through a networking event, shared interests, or mutual connections.
  • Be clear about your intention to connect, such as seeking advice, learning about their work, or discussing employment opportunities.
  • Do not ask for a job directly in your connection message.
  • Keep the message within the 300-character limit, making it polite, pertinent, personalized, professional, and praiseful.

Streamline Your LinkedIn Networking with Bardeen

Manually sending connection requests on LinkedIn can be time-consuming, especially when you're looking to expand your network efficiently. Fortunately, you can automate this process along with other LinkedIn networking activities using Bardeen. Automating such tasks ensures that you can focus on building meaningful relationships rather than on the repetitive process of sending requests.

Here are some examples of how Bardeen can streamline your LinkedIn networking:

  1. Get mutual connections from a LinkedIn profile: Before sending a connection request, you might want to explore mutual connections that could provide an introduction or context. This playbook automates the process of identifying mutual connections.
  2. Save mutual connections from a LinkedIn profile to Google Sheets: After identifying mutual connections, this playbook helps you save them to a Google Sheets spreadsheet, making it easier to manage your outreach efforts.
  3. Save mutual connections from a LinkedIn profile to Airtable: If you prefer Airtable for managing your networking activities, this playbook seamlessly adds mutual connections to your Airtable base.

Embrace the power of automation to enhance your networking on LinkedIn. Start by downloading the Bardeen app at

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