Increasing Your LinkedIn Message Response Rate
Often, we seek advice, mentorship, or assistance from those that have experience in a role or area of interest. These conversations are referred to as informational interviews or career chats. Studies show that being clear and specific in your ask of someone can greatly increase your chance of receiving a response.
Use the questions below to help draft a clear and concise message to send to a recruiter, fellow alumnus, a mentor, or industry expert.
Remember to be Clear and Specific!
Who are you as a professional and how you are connected to the individual?
What is the specific reason or goal for sending the message?
What is your ask of the individual?
What is the time commitment you are requesting?
Who you are as a professional and how you are connected:
Sarah Seavey, ’12 University of Arizona graduate, seeking a career change from law to athletic compliance
Both members of the University of Arizona Alumni Association LinkedIn group
The specific reason or goal for the message
I saw the article posted in the University of Arizona Alumni Association LinkedIn group regarding the NCAA compliance updates for next year and was intrigued
Your ask of the individual
Phone call regarding his career path in athletic compliance
The time commitment you are requesting
Example Outreach Message
Good afternoon Mr. Smith,
My name is Sarah Seavey and I am a '12 graduate looking to make a career change from law to athletic compliance. I saw the article you posted in the University of Arizona Alumni Association LinkedIn group regarding the NCAA compliance updates for next year. Your comments on the matter were very intriguing and insightful. If you have time, would you be willing to chat on the phone with me for no more than 10 minutes regarding your career path in athletic compliance?