20+ Best LinkedIn Connection Message Templates [+ Tips]

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LinkedIn, the social media platform where not only people can showcase their professional profiles, but also build professional connections. LinkedIn has recently been on the rise because it allows you to connect with amazing alumni, resourceful colleagues, and recruiters that can potentially get you a job.

The feature of connection request messages on LinkedIn has made online networking easier than ever. Making your LinkedIn connection request message personalized can increase the likelihood of your request getting accepted. Hence, broadening your professional connections on LinkedIn can help you tremendously in the long term. 

But how do you make an appropriate personalized connection message on LinkedIn?  Let’s see how to draft an effective LinkedIn connection request!

How to Write LinkedIn Connection Invitation Messages

Here is a step-to-step guide on how to message someone on LinkedIn! 

1. Address the connection directly

When asking to connect with anyone on LinkedIn, it is best to address your connection directly. Addressing them by name implicitly shows your sincere intention to connect, making your message seem more personalized. Start your LinkedIn request message with either one of these formats:

  • Dear Mr./Ms./Mrs [Last Name of Connection]
    for strangers or people you do not know closely
  • Dear [First Name of Connection]
    if you consider the connection pretty close (e.g. a former colleague)

2. State your intention to connect

Your intention to connect should be the star of your LinkedIn invitation message. It is a part that needs to be greatly emphasized in order to show that you will be a genuine connection — not a mere spammer. 

Usually, people send a message to connect on LinkedIn with some of the following intentions:

3. Find a common ground as a conversation starter

This next step will surely help make your invitation sound more engaging and less awkward. If you have a common ground with your connection, such as a common interest, similar background, same industry, job position, or even if you both just come from a mutual LinkedIn group, be sure to mention it in your LinkedIn connection note! It can really start the conversation.

💡Pro tip: It’s also helpful to know your connection’s brief background (e.g. the industry or company they are working in) to know what the both of you have in common.

4. Include a statement of invitation to connect

After all, since it is a LinkedIn connection request message, don’t forget to mention your invitation to connect! A simple “Let’s connect!” or “Looking forward to connecting.” works effectively to close off your LinkedIn invitation message.

LinkedIn Connection Message Templates & Examples

Ready to write your own? Here are the best LinkedIn connection request message templates and LinkedIn invitation message samples to connect with all kinds of future connections!

Colleague

A colleague, out of everyone, should be someone easier to reach for connection. Your colleagues from the office would most likely still recognize you, and you can use this to an advantage. If you are reaching out to a colleague who is from a different department, you can briefly mention that they might not find you familiar despite working in the same company because of that reason. 

Here is a LinkedIn connection request template to reach out to a colleague:

Hello [First Name],

It’s [Your Name] from [Your Department and or Company]! Great to see your LinkedIn profile. I notice that you are sharing some great posts about work. Looking forward to having you as a connection!

Best,
[Your Name]

You can also use the below LinkedIn connection message example as a sample:

Hi Ricky!

It’s Grace from XYZ Company’s Business Development department. Although I haven’t had the chance to meet you at the office, I have heard a lot of great things about you from our colleagues at work. Would love to connect! 

Best,
Grace

New colleague

Unlike a current colleague, a new colleague might not know you just yet! To make a good first impression, it is important to show your professionalism, but at the same time, don’t forget to show a bit of friendliness. 

Below is a LinkedIn connection request template to invite a new colleague to connect:

Dear [Ms./Mr./Mrs. Last Name],

My name is [Your Name] and I’ll soon be joining the [Your Department] team at [Company Name]. I came across your LinkedIn profile and it looks like you have contributed a lot to leading and growing the [Your Department] team. Looking forward to working with you. Would appreciate it if we can connect.

Best,
[Your Name]

Here is another LinkedIn connection message example you can refer to when connecting with a new colleague:

Dear Ms. Smith,

My name is Camilla and I am XYZ Company’s new Graphic Designer Intern for this summer. I came across your LinkedIn profile and noticed that you have greatly contributed to many of XYZ Company’s design successes. I would love to connect and I am looking forward to working and learning from you. 

Best, 
Camilla Tan

Former Colleague

Connecting via LinkedIn is a great way to keep in touch with your former colleague. When asking to connect with someone you’ve worked with before, it can be helpful to mention past projects or memorable events together to help remind them of you. 

This is a LinkedIn invitation message template to reach out to a former colleague:

Dear [First Name],

How are you? I’m [Your Name] from [Company Name]. We both worked for the Research & Development team back in 2019. I’ve just stumbled upon your page and I’d love to catch up and know more about the amazing things you’re currently working on. Let’s connect! 

Best,
[Your Name]

Another sample LinkedIn invitation note that you can use:

Dear Monica, 

I hope you’re doing well. Do you still remember me? I’m Karen from XYZ Company’s Project Department. We worked on XYZ Company’s 10th Anniversary campaign together back in 2020 - those were such incredible times. Let’s connect and catch up when you can!

Best,
Karen

Casual Acquaintances 

Many people also connect with their acquaintances to know what they are up to at work. Your casual acquaintances may be your next-door neighbor, a friend of your husband, or an old childhood friend. It’s sometimes also refreshing to see different posts from various industries on your LinkedIn feed.

This is a template you can use as a LinkedIn connection request to connect with your casual acquaintances:

Hi [First Name]!

I hope you’re doing well. It’s [Your Name] here! I was scrolling through LinkedIn when I found your profile. Looks like you’ve built a strong presence here on LinkedIn. I was thinking we should connect! 

Best,
[Your Name]

An example to use for this particular setting can be seen below:

Hi Christine!

How are you? I hope you’re well. It’s Stephanie here. I came across your LinkedIn profile a while ago and thought of connecting. Looking at your posts, I’m glad to see that you’re doing great at work. Let’s catch up soon. 

Best,

Stephanie

Recruiter 

If you’re going to draft a flawless LinkedIn invitation message, it’d better be for a recruiter! Connecting with recruiters can help you open paths to future opportunities.

💡Pro tip: when applying for a new job, try reaching out to your recruiter via LinkedIn to stand out amongst other applicants!

Below is a LinkedIn connection request template to connect with your current or prospective recruiter:

Dear [Ms./Mr./Mrs. Last Name],

My name is [Your Name] and I am a [Brief Description/Introduction of Yourself]. Just recently, I have tried applying for the [Job position] position at [Company Name].  I’d like to know more about how I can better prepare myself for the position. I am reaching out in hopes that we could connect!

Best,

[Your Name]

Below is an example of a Linkedin connection message to recruiter:

Dear Mrs. Wayne,

My name is Kate Barne and I am a top Finance senior at XYZ University who is actively seeking opportunities. I came across your profile and saw that you are currently sharing valuable resources, including internship openings. I am reaching out in hopes that we can connect!

Best,

Kate Barne

Alumnus 

Alumni from your university are must-have connections for your LinkedIn! There have been numerous cases of alumni helping their juniors, both final-year students and fresh graduates, to get incredible job opportunities. Remember to approach your school alumni politely and don’t forget to show your desire to learn from the person.

Below is a LinkedIn connection message template to reach out to an alumnus:

Hello [First Name]!

I’m [Your Name], a [Your University] recent graduate in [Your University Major]. I see that you also studied at [Your University] and were active in many great university clubs. Looking at where you are now, I am inspired to learn from you. I would love to connect!

Best,

[Your Name]

As an example, you can send a connection request message on LinkedIn similar to the one below:

Hello Bryan!

I’m Michael, I recently graduated from XXX University with a bachelor’s of Industrial Engineering. I came across your profile and found out that you also studied at XXX University back in 2018. It’s always great to see an alumnus who graduated from the same university doing well at work. I was thinking we can connect and I’d be blessed to learn from you! 

Best,

Michael

Someone with a mutual connection

Adding your connection’s connections is a great way to expand your LinkedIn network. They usually appear as 2nd-degree or 3rd-degree connections. 

A template you can use to reach out to someone with a mutual connection:

Hi [First Name],

I see that you are connected with [Your Mutual Connection’s Name]. We once worked together at [You Past Company] and he was an incredible colleague. I thought I’d reach out to you so we can connect. I would love to share thoughts about work since we are in the same industry. 

Best,

[Your Name]

This is a sample of a LinkedIn message to new connection to send to your connection’s connection: 

Hi Jason!

I see that we have my former colleague, Jennifer Brown, as a mutual connection. I came across your profile and noticed that you are also working in the Banking Industry. I would love to connect and share thoughts. 

Best,

Margaret

Author of an article/post

Sometimes, you might come across articles or posts in your feed that stand out to you. These articles can be others’ sharing of their job milestones, valuable online resources, and many more. Reach out to the authors of articles and posts that resonate with you!

Here is a LinkedIn connection request template you can use for this setting:

Hello [First Name],

I came across your post about ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)’ a few days ago. I found it extremely insightful and well-written. I am reaching out to you in hopes that we can connect and exchange insights. I’d love to learn more about your work.

Best,

[Your Name]

You can also use the below LinkedIn connection message example as a reference:

Hi Justin,

Yesterday, I came across your article about ‘Building Brand Image’ on my LinkedIn feeds. The article really spoke to me and I am deeply invested in the topic. I would love to connect with you and exchange thoughts. 

Best,

Poppy

Someone who reacted to your post

When profiles who are not yet your connections react to your post, they most likely enjoy your content. Connecting with individuals who have similar interests or backgrounds can broaden your insights and help you build your network. 

This is a template you can use as a LinkedIn connection request to connect with someone who reacted to your post:

Hello [First Name],

I noticed that you recently reacted to my article [Name of Article]. I see that you also work in [Name of Industry/Field of Expertise]. If you have a profound interest in the topic, I was hoping that we can connect and share thoughts or resources. 

Best,

[Your Name]

An example to use for this particular setting can be seen below: 

Hi Alexandra!

I see that you were a fan of my post about Consumer-Centered Marketing. Having worked in marketing for 2 years now, it’d be great to know perspectives from someone who has just freshly entered the industry. Let’s connect! 

Best,

Andrew

Someone you met at a networking event 

A professional way to keep in touch with someone you met at a networking event is to add them as a LinkedIn connection.

Below is a LinkedIn connection request template to connect with someone you met at a networking event:

Dear [Ms./Mr./Mrs. Last Name],

The [Name of Networking Event] was truly a great night and it was a pleasure getting to know you professionally. I thought I’d reach out to connect here on LinkedIn so we can keep in touch. Can’t wait to see more of what you’re up to at work!   

Best,

[Your Name]

You can use the example below as a reference for this setting:

Dear Ms. Lin,

It was great talking to you at the USRI Alumni Networking Event. I would love to know more about the new Search Engine Optimization (SEO) work you mentioned in our conversation. I was hoping we could connect!

Best,

Jeremiah Lo

Someone you admire

Many people actually reach out to their role models on LinkedIn. More times than not, they will usually accept your request when you express your admiration to them. 

A template you can use to reach out to someone you admire:

Dear [Ms./Mr./Mrs. Last Name],

My name is [Your Name] and I am a [Your Role]. I have been following your profile for a while now and I am a huge fan of your content and work.  To successfully [Your Connection’s Milestone]  in [Your Connection’s Company] is not something everyone can accomplish. I am reaching out to you in hopes that we can connect - I’d love to learn from you. 

Best,

[Your Name]

This is a sample of a LinkedIn message to new connection to send to your connection’s connection: 

Dear Mrs. Walters,

I am Charlotte Watsons, a recent Architecture graduate from XXX University. I have been following your architectural works for a while now, and I’d like to express how big of an inspiration you are to me. Your new 2022 museum sketch that you posted yesterday really resonated with me. I’d love to connect and learn from you. 

Best,
Charlotte Watsons

Someone you want to work with

LinkedIn can also be a platform where collaborations kick start. When sending a LinkedIn note to connect to someone that you want to work with, remember to avoid blasting them with excessive promotion. On the contrary, emphasize why they are individuals you want to collaborate with. 

Below is a LinkedIn connection request template to connect with someone you wish to collaborate with:

Dear [Ms./Mr./Mrs. Last Name],

My name is [Your Name] and I am a [Brief Description/Introduction of Yourself]. I came across your profile and learned about your amazing [Your Connection’s Field of Experitse]. It truly seemed like a new concept or strategy that can really help boost businesses. I am currently working on a [Name of Your Project] and I was thinking that you’d be a great part of the project. Let’s first connect!

Best,
[Your Name]

Below is an example of a LinkedIn message request to reach out for future collaboration:

Dear Mr. Meyers,

My name is Jocelyn Walsh, a passionate marketer in the Marketing Agency industry. I found your LinkedIn profile a few days ago, and I read through many of your amazing Digital Marketing articles. I am truly impressed by your last work on enhancing Digital Marketing strategy using SEO. I am currently working on a Marketing project about bazaars, and would love to collaborate with you - Let’s connect! 

Best,

Jocelyn Walsh

Fellow LinkedIn group member

You can connect with other members with similar interests from a mutual LinkedIn group. 

This is a template you can use as a LinkedIn connection request to connect with a fellow LinkedIn group member:

Hi [First Name]!

I noticed that you are also in [LinkedIn Group Name]. I found the article you shared with the group a few days ago very insightful - thank you for that! Seeing that you also come from a [Industry Name] background, I’d love to connect and know more about work. 

Best,

[Your Name]

An example to use for this particular setting can be seen below: 

Hello Filbert!

I’m Patricia, we are in the same LinkedIn Group ‘Marketing Trends 2022’. I found the resources you shared with the group really helpful. I was wondering if we could connect and share thoughts or our personal experiences in Marketing!

Best,

Patricia Roberts

More LinkedIn Connection Message Tips

Still not sure how to write a great LinkedIn message request? Here are a few tips to make connecting on LinkedIn message easier for you:

1. Never send a blank request

Nothing is worse than a blank request! Your future connection is already flooded with plenty of those every day. It’s very possible that they consider blank requests as spam, and prefer to never go through them. 

2. Include a touch of personality

Including a touch of your personality can make your LinkedIn message request sound less monotonous or boring. Keep in mind that this will significantly help you as long as you carry yourself appropriately. 

3. Mention a common ground/connection’s achievement

A simple way to make your LinkedIn connection request seem interesting is to include a similar interest, background, or anything as a common ground in your request message. Additionally, you can also emphasize your future connection’s achievement or milestone to be the start of a conversation.

4. Do not use generic messages

Your connection gets many LinkedIn invitation messages every other day. Drafting your LinkedIn request message so that it isn’t generic is important to catch your future connection’s attention.

💡Pro tip: Refer to our step-to-step guide or templates and samples!

5. Stay professional

A LinkedIn connection request message needs to sound professional. You can obviously express friendliness and warmth, but remember to keep it relatively formal, especially when approaching strangers.

Conclusion

  • The personalization feature of the LinkedIn connection request message should be properly utilized, never send a blank request message. Personalizing your message can increase the chances of your connection request getting accepted. 
  • Directly address your connection, mention your intention to connect, and find a common ground when writing a LinkedIn request message.
  • Expanding your network on LinkedIn can help you professionally in the long-run.

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