STOP! Before you click that easy-to-click, tempting blue "Connect" button on LinkedIn, check yourself.
Are you on the person's profile page?
If not, you will not be able to send a personal message when you click that "Connect" button.
Don't lose the opportunity to tell the person:
- why you want to connect with them;
- a short description of you; and
- that you would love their advice about X, or ask if they'd be willing to look at your resume.
SO FEW people write a personal note. That blue button is just too tempting.
Join the minority and send a personal note! You are almost guaranteed to get more responses and start conversations.