Through multiple outreach initiatives, I have found that in addition to falling prey to the “Press enter to send” feature, many people do not know how to respond to a personalized connection request.
From here, you are able to personalize your connection request. Going to someone’s full profile to Connect also allows you to skim their profile for anything you may have in common such as schools, organizations, etc. to add a personalized touch to your connection request.
When you receive a connection request, you will receive an email notification from LinkedIn. LinkedIn does not necessarily indicate whether the message is personalized or not, however being able to view the message here will let you know if it is personalized.
Hover over the silhouette icon next to your photo and click “See All.”
5.Don’t Click Accept Yet
Since I know that Mark sent me a personalized message, I want to reply first before I click “Accept.”
To reply to the message, hover over the message icon in the top right corner of the connection request. Once the message pops up, click the reply arrow in the top right corner. This will open a new window.
For some reason, unbeknownst to us, when you click the reply arrow, the message does not appear.