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I've received so many messages inside of LinkedIn recently from job seekers who are not making a great impression with how they use LinkedIn's message app.
The problem stems from two things:
The result is that people send "messages" they don't intend to send. More than once this month, I have received three or four (sometimes more) consecutive messages from the same person:
Or, the message is just one paragraph like this:
Hi Susan, I am a [job title] working for [company name], and I'm ready to move on to a new job. I read your article about [something] and found it very interesting. I would like to [do something else]. After looking at my profile and considering my background and education, do you think that's possible for me? What do you think of my profile? Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Regards, [their name].
This makes the person sending either of these messages look rather demanding (the multiple messages), inexperienced, or not very good using technology. None of those is a good impression to leave, particularly with someone who doesn't know you well.
Here's how to change that!
In the messaging app, click on the 3 dots beside the word "Send" at the bottom of the message creation box, seen below.
This will open up a small dialog box which offers you the option to choose when the app will send a message, either when you press "Enter" or when you click on the "Send" button. Choose "Click Send" as your option as in the image below.
Now you will be able to add extra blank lines in your message avoiding the multiple message problem or the one paragraph message issue. When you have finished writing your message, click on the "Send" button and LinkedIn will send one message for you.
LinkedIn Messaging is not a full-blown email system. It is simply messaging. So, the messages are simpler. To send a more robust message, you must use InMail, and that is reserved for the paid LinkedIn accounts. The rest of us use LinkedIn Messaging.
Assuming that you have you changed your Messaging setting as described above, these tips should help you send more effective messages inside LinkedIn:
Although you may (!) be able to send a long message via Messaging, short is best in this abreviated format.
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.