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5 Perfect Candidate LinkedIn Connection Request Messages to Use as a Recruiter

A complete guide for recruiters about LinkedIn connection request messages along with 5 templates you can use with potential candidates.
Last update
Apr 26, 2024
5 Perfect Candidate LinkedIn Connection Request Messages to Use as a Recruiter
André Farah
5 Perfect Candidate LinkedIn Connection Request Messages to Use as a Recruiter

Linkedin connection requests are often used by recruiters in their sourcing. In this article, you will find out why you need to use them more often in your sourcing recruitment strategy and some templates that can be helpful and that have already proved themselves.

👉 You may be also interested to know how to send automated connection request on Linkedin. Check our blog post on how to automate Linkedin Connection Requests.

What is a connection request on Linkedin?

A connection request is used on Linkedin to add people to your network. You can send connection requests to people you know or people you want to engage and connect with. Linkedin also allows you to add a note to your request, but it needs to be less than 300 characters.

Linkedin connection request messages Vs Inmail messages

Linkedin connection requests seem to have a better response rate than inmail messages.

We estimated that the average response rate to our Inmail messages is 14%, whereas our acceptance rate to connection requests is 56%

A candidate accepting a connection request does not mean that he will answer eventually. However, he is now in your network and you will be able to reach out to him straight to his Linkedin inbox.

By clicking on Contact Info on his profile, you may also find his personal email address and his phone number, which is another advantage of the connection request.

Where to find the contact information in a LinkedIn profile

Last but not least, Inmails, if not accepted by the candidates, can be really expensive. Indeed, you have a limited number of Inmails available, depending on the plan you have (Linkedin Recruiter Lite or Linkedin Recruiter Pro). After reaching this limit, the price charged by Linkedin is about $1.50 for each Inmail. Using more connection requests will help you reduce your outbound recruitment costs.

How many Linkedin connection requests can I send each week?

Linkedin is not 100% transparent on the number of the connection requests you can send each week. It seems that the limit is between 100 and 200 connection requests per week.

How to send connection requests on Linkedin with a note or a message ?

The standard way to send connection requests is by going on the Linkedin profile of the candidate and clicking “Connect”.

If the button is not displayed, you will have to click on the “More” button, and then “Connect”

The "connect", "View in Recruiter" and "More" buttons on a LinkedIn profile

After this step, you will be able to add a note to your connection request. This note is limited to 300 characters maximum.

LinkedIn connection request message pop-up

This will help you save a lot of time and encourage you to use the connection request.

What if I want to automate the connection requests sending or, to send them to multiple recipients?

Linkedin does not have a feature to automate the connection requests. It is not possible to send connection requests messages to multiple recipients.

However, by using Leonar, you will be able to design automated sequences which include connection requests.

Automation of LinkedIn connection request messages in Leonar app
Automated sequences in Leonar app

Mistakes you need to avoid in your connection requests messages on Linkedin

Before sharing the perfect connection request messages used by the most talented recruiters and talent acquisition managers, here is a quick list of the common mistakes you need to avoid while sending sourcing messages:

  1. Get the first name wrong on the candidate => "Hello John" / "I'm Mary" / "Oh sorry...".
  2. Leaving tags in the note: "Hello [First name]";
  3. Share a job offer that has nothing to do with the candidate in question
  4.  Offering a scope of responsibility that is far less than the candidate's current position
  5. Lack of transparency: "My client is a tech company looking for a candidate for a position with a high level of responsibility. Compensation to be discussed".
  6.  Not knowing the ins and outs of a position at all. Example: Contacting a strategy consultant instead of an IT consultant, contacting a Backend instead of a Frontend developer, ...

Of course, out of the panel of candidates you will contact, there will sometimes be some who do not fall into one of the cases mentioned above.

The idea is to minimize the risks to maximize the response rate.

A higher response rate means:

➜ Less time spent on sourcing

➜ A higher probability of finding the right candidate

➜ A reduced time-to-hire

Linkedin connection recruitment messages templates with high response rate

We have listed connection requests’ notes, below 300 characters, that have high acceptance rates, with the pros and cons.

Note 1: Giving as much information about the job as possible

“Hello [first_name],

I am looking for a CFO for [company], a FoodTech.

The challenge is to seek performance to achieve profitability.

Current team: 2 accounting and payroll managers

Location: Paris

Salary: Around 150k (to be discussed)

Are you open to new opportunities?”

This type of message will give the candidates the maximum information 


  • Save time for both candidates and recruiters, as all information are displayed
  • High response rate thanks to transparency on the job and the salary


  • If the candidate is not interested, he will probably be less likely to respond and to accept the connection request
  • If does not accept, you won’t be able to send another request, unless you cancel it (see the section below)

Note 2: Act as a talent agent

“Hello [first_name],

Your profile is highly sought after in the market, I would like to add you to my network to share opportunities in [Industry]

I have an offer at [Company] at the moment that might interest you

See you soon,”

This type of message is also interesting for recruiters, especially for Head Hunters. 


  • Great strategy to expand your network


  • Some candidates would have preferred more information about the job position

Note 3: Avoid notes

It may not be obvious at first glance, but some candidates like to receive a request without a note.


  • High response rate, especially with people in IT and developers
  • Great strategy if you want to expand your network


  • You may need to send an Inmail or an Email to the candidate as a second step, for candidates who do not accept requests from recruiters without notes.

Note 4: Template customized messages

Based on the background or interests, you can write a message dedicated to the candidate you are targeting.

“Hello [first_name],

I have an offer at [Company] at the moment that might interest you

Your experience at [Former_Company] is exactly what they are looking for.

Would you like to connect?”


  • Shows more interest toward the candidate experience


  • Can be time consuming if done without any tool
  • Some candidates may find it not really personalized, because they know the tools that can be used by recruiters

Note 5: Template customized messages

Another option is to really find something in the candidate's background, interests, or activities on Social Networks, that will help you write a message dedicated to him.


“Hello [first_name],

I saw the interest you have in Sustainability, we are developing an app to help measure environmental impact. I thought that you might be interested in the new position we have…”


  • Highest degree of personalization


  • Time consuming for recruiters

Is it possible to generate notes using AI?

Artificial Intelligence can help you write your own notes. We will be releasing a new version of Leonar soon that will allow you to generate the messages with AI, directly on the application.

AI generated LinkedIn connection request in Leonar
AI generated LinkedIn connection request feature in Leonar app

As you can see on the screenshot, you will also be able to ask the AI to adapt each message to the candidate background by using the AI personalization.

Is it possible to cancel a connection request?

You have two options to withdraw a connection request

If you are on the candidate’s profile, you can click on the “pending” button to withdraw the invitation. You have to know that you won’t be able to resend any connection request to this person for up to 3 weeks.

Withdrawing LinkedIn invitation from a LinkedIn profile

Another option you have is to go to “Your network”. On this view, you will be able to manage all your pending requests and select which one you want to withdraw.

Withdrawing a connection request from "My Network" on LinkedIn

What should you do after the candidate has accepted the connection request?

The idea, after a short notice with less than 300 characters, is to give more information about the job.

The details you can give are:

  • What are the missions
  • The salary and the benefits
  • Maybe send a link to the job description

The most important is to set up a call.

Do not hesitate to follow up with the candidate after a few days if he does not answer your messages.

What if the candidate does not accept the connection request?

If the candidate does not accept the connection request, do not worry, it is not over yet. You have at least three other options:

  • Send him a Linkedin Inmail. You will be able to provide more information about the job. He will also be notified by email that he has received the message
  • Send him an email to his personal address. Using some tools, you may be able to find his personal email address and send him a message with more information about the job
  • Find his phone number and do cold calling, just like business developers!

Leonar can help you do all of the above when you design your automated message sequences.

Inmail and email automation in Leonar app

For more information on Linkedin messaging, you can read our blog post on How to message candidates on Linkedin

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