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How do we network to professionals or hiring managers?

I don't have Linkedin Premium so what I do is connect and send a personalized message. Is it rude if I do this formula: (salutation + small intro, where we met + directly question what I want to know from that professional)? OR do you prefer to (salutation + small intro, where we met + an open-ended question?)

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Mike’s Answer

Try Poly.Work which is different from LinkedIn in lots of ways; more open to reach out to founders -and- potential recruiters without the dreaded paywall. It's still on early stages, and its makers might instill some changes, but probably still worth the try. See invite link below.
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Erica’s Answer

I would start by warming up the relationship with some likes and comments on postings.

Your formats are OK. If you don’t have premium, you will have a very limited amount of characters, so you will have to be extremely concise. But don’t worry, once they accept the connection, you can make a better introduction.

Because of the limited amount of characters I would say something like: “I am a <profession> looking to network and see how we can help each other. Open to connect?” After being accepted, then I would use one of the formats you mentioned.

Be prepared with your elevator speech and structured success stories that highlight the best accomplishments in your career, as well as a structured agenda for the network meeting.
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Ma. Edgie’s Answer

Hi Shaina, that's a good way to start communicating to hiring managers and professionals. I will also agree to Sharlette that you may create a general email or letter where you can also attached your resume or curriculum vitae.

I hopes this help. take care! :)
Thank you comment icon I appreciate this, thank you for the advice. Shaina
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Sharlette’s Answer

Sending emails to hiring managers and professionals is the proper form of communication. To take your emails to another level, you can create a general email to use to send to professionals. It's important to include a greeting, closing, and contact information. To get an idea of a professional email, research examples of emails to send to hiring managers. Also, there are sites that can create emails for you.
Thank you comment icon Thanks, can't wait to put this advice into action! Shaina
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Diane’s Answer

Hi Shaina, if you have someone you want to connect to from a company you are interested in, it’s worth connecting to 4-5 people from the same company because you’ll have a better chance of landing 1 or 2 of those connections.

You can also send a message with the connection, which can help those you are reaching out to better understand you who are, and that will also give you a better chance of getting a response.

Hope this helps!
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Kamala’s Answer

Hey Shaina,

Sending out a connection request along with a personalized note is definitely a good way to start a conversation with professionals in your field and the hiring manager.

Something that has worked for me is to make the message as personalized as possible, by explicitly stating what drove you to their profile and wanting to send a connection request. This could be because you met them somewhere or an inspiring LinkedIn post that they shared or a mutual connection or a job posting which has them as the hiring manager. Owing to the word limit when sending out the connection request note, a suggestion would be to include a brief salutation, one sentence on who you are, a brief reasoning as to why you wish to connect and concluding expressing your wish to connect.

My template would look something like this:

"Hi <...>, Hope all is well. I'm <...> pursuing <...> at <...>. I stumbled upon your profile through a mutual connection... (or) Your post on <...> inspired me to... (or) I'm interested in an opportunity <...> where you were listed as the hiring manager...etc. I would like to connect with you and discuss the opportunity further... (or) I would love to connect with you and stay in touch...etc. Thanks"

Once your connection has been accepted, you can extend the conversation further by sharing a copy of your CV/resume. Hope this helps. Good luck :)
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