Messaging on LinkedIn is a pain.
Not because messages are hard to write (worse case you can copy/paste from a proven course), but due to the fact that no one can guarantee that your message is accepted.
Just think about it… you finally get the guts to message strangers, but no one can guarantee requests get accepted.
That often stops us from starting.
So, I thought it would be fun to analyze successful messsages among my community and see what common characteristics that they have.
That way you can replicate what they are doing and increase the likelihood that your requests are accepted.
Now for this study, I looked at all the messages my students were sending.
Here’s what we learned.
Amrita was able to get 137/160 = 85.6% acceptance rate using her messages. So, first thing - great reponse rates are possibe!
When you request a call with someone, understand that PEOPLE:
We find that when we space out and break up the process, we have the space to first message to connect, and then message again about our "ask", which in your case is to meet the person since we're looking to get interviews and offers.
So, how to handle this?
Here's how we recommend structuring the request to connect (from the free job offer secrets course)
So we don't beat ourselves up if 60% or more of people don't connect.
We don't beat ourselves up if 75% of those that do connect don't answer our request for a call.
It just means they may be busy or just don't like messaging on linkedIn.
Once we see things as they are (people are busy, for example), we know that we can follow-up in other ways.
Whether you like it or not, not hearing back right away is going to happen when you message people that you don't yet know.
But that is also the point. That future boss of yours doesn't yet know you.
And we only need a portion of people to accept our request. We can let the jerks or non-fans fall to the wayside while we do our best to follow-up with those who may be great to meet..
Now of course there are other elements to the total process to get people on a call like the request to have a call and the scheduling of the call on your calendar and the actual execution of the networking meeting, but for this analysis, we wanted to focus on the characteristics (ones that you can easily control) that make a request connect well for you.
Out of curiousity, do you target the executives who can hire you or focus mostly on juniors?