Tom just sent me an invitation to connect on LinkedIn, and now I know two things about him. He appears to be running a great recruiting business out of Nashville, and, he's written the best "LinkedIn Invitation" I've ever read.
Recruiters, take note:
My name is Tom Hyde, and in viewing your profile, thought you might be interested in connecting here on LinkedIn. I am very interested in making worldwide connections, and I think together we could both greatly extend our networks. Here is what I have to offer if you were to choose to accept my invitation:
1. You would have access to nearly 2.4 million new, viewable LinkedIn members.
2. I am always adding new and valuable connections worldwide.
3. I would be open to forwarding requests if it adds value to direct connections.
4. If you reach out, I'll try to add value.
With over 2,000 direct connections to share, I would be able to connect you to a previously untapped network filled with a large variety of professionals coming from every strata of the business world.
If you would like to connect, just click here: http://tinyurl.com/linktotom then click you are a new friend and use firstname.lastname@example.org when asked.
Tom Hyde (LION) President Management Recruiters of Murfreesboro-Nashville, TN
I understand that Tom most likely sends the same note to other recruiters/colleagues with whom he wishes to connect. But that doesn't bother me. He took the time, initially, to put together a meaningful request and it easily states how it would be of value for us to connect.
That tells me a few things about Hyde's personality, and the way he conducts business. That's also the kind of recruiter I'd want working on my behalf.