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Dear Recent LinkedIn Connection

Dear Linkedin Connection,

Thank you for recently connecting with me. It is always nice to make a local connection in our industry. As someone once told me, it is a large industry, but a small world.  Within in 24 hours of connecting, you did something I found tacky. You asked me if I know someone who was hiring in our field. So, I offered you a few resources that might be helpful given your background and our industry. From our brief, exchange here are a few things, I thought were at best tacky (unprofessional at worst), you:

  • Used the “generic LinkedIn” invite.
  • Did not respond or say “Thank you.”
  • Did not proof read your long reply to me asking about job opportunities.
  • Wrote an unclear email to me (I got the impression, you were asking me to conduct your job search or look for a suitable position for you).
  • Connected with me only to ask me if I knew of any positions for you.

Our exchange could have been so much better, you could:

  • Have asked me about the company I work for, my community, a connection we may both know, or even one of our shared groups
  • Responded to my email with at least “thanks,” “ty,” or etc.  Easy to do and appreciated
  • As for finding a suitable position for you, only you can do that. If you can find LinkedIn, you can find the job boards and company websites.

In any event, good luck with your job search.

Michael

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Email and Professional Communication

Favorite Article of the Week. Okay, maybe not the best article I have read, but poorly constructed emails definitely “grind my gears.”  A good start is the article by Getting Things Done. Also see Amy Gallo’s “Stop Email Overload” found in HBR blogs.

To the list, I would add:

  1. The out-of-context forward. This occurs when emails arrive in your in box with little or no context as to what the sender wants you to do with it.
  2. Not sending a “receipt” when there is a submission of important documents. For regular submission of documents, especially large files, it might be easier to set-up a drop-box, than to have these submissions enter the regular flow of emails.
  3. An easier way to format lists, when composing an email.
  4. Hitting send without proof reading.

…remember to hit the return key once in a while!