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Requesting Introductions

Requesting an introduction is a good way to connect with people in your network with whom you don’t connect directly. Although you can send an invitation to someone you don’t know, you might want to consider requesting an introduction through a shared connection for important communications. An introduction can carry more weight than a cold contact.

For example, let’s say that you’re connected to your former manager, Felice (1st degree connection), who is connected to Dalton (2nd degree connection), a manager at another local company. You’re interested in working in Dalton’s department, but you don’t know him and haven’t seen any posted job openings. Rather than sending Dalton an email and resume as a cold contact, you could send an introduction request through Felice.

Often you already know how you’re connected to the person you want to reach, but you can also determine this by viewing the How You’re Connected section in the right column of your target contact’s profile. If you don’t already know of a common connection, this section could list a name you recognize.

Request an Introduction

The easiest way to request an introduction is through your target contact’s profile.

  1. Click the down arrow to the right of the Send InMail button and select Get Introduced.

  2. Select the person from whom you want to request the introduction. If you have only one connection in common with the individual you want to reach, only that connection displays in this box.

  3. Enter the subject of your request.
  4. Enter a message to the person you want to be introduced to. It’s also a good idea to add a brief note to the person you want to make the referral (your 1st degree connection).
  5. Click the Send Request button to send your introduction request.

Manage Introduction Requests

In addition to requesting your own introductions to others, you might receive introduction requests in your inbox. For example, LinkedIn members might ask you to facilitate an introduction to one of your connections or might ask your connection to facilitate an introduction to you.

  1. Click the All Messages link in your inbox and select Introductions from the drop-down menu.

  2. Click the subject line link.

  3. Click the Forward button to forward the request to your connection.

  4. Enter any additional comments about this introduction request.
  5. Click the Forward Message button.

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