LinkedIn Secret: Everybody in the Chain Can Read Every Message of an Introduction.

Time for another “LinkedIn Secret”: Everybody in the chain can read every message of an introduction.

When you send an introduction request to someone via “Get introduced through a connection”, you always have to write two messages: one for the final recipient and one for your first degree contact.

Be aware that everybody who is “in the chain” can read all messages. In practice this means that your first degree contact can read your message to him and the final recipient, that the second degree contact can read your two messages and the message from your first degree contact to him and that the final recipient can read your two messages, the message from your first degree contact to your second degree contact and from the second degree contact to him.

So always be professional in the messages you send whether it is an introduction request from yourself or whether you forward a message from someone else.

I think it was Warren Buffet who said, “It takes a lifetime to build a reputation, but only a few seconds to destroy it.”

To your success !

Jan

PS: this is an excerpt from the book How to REALLY use LinkedIn (of in het Nederlands: Hoe LinkedIn nu ECHT gebruiken). Make sure you download your FREE light version.

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3 Responses to LinkedIn Secret: Everybody in the Chain Can Read Every Message of an Introduction.

  1. Samantha says:

    Jan, I have a question. Glassdoor here http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/connected-job-search/ recommends to “Always have a short intro paragraph attached and ready to go. When making the request for a referral, go ahead and write the intro paragraph for the person who is going to make the referral for you”. If this is correct, and your post says that the recipient sees the message, then no intro should be written, right? Or it would look awkward.

  2. Hi Samantha,

    my advice is to NOT use this tip from Glassdoor with LINKEDIN.

    It is good to be prepared and have this intro ready when you ask someone to introduce you via EMAIL and they don’t know what exactly to say about you (see also the Magic Email in “How to REALLY use LinkedIn”).

    To your success !

    Jan

  3. Samantha says:

    Thank you very much Jan!

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