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Whether you're new to LinkedIn or you're a seasoned user, connecting with new people can be a challenge, especially when you're not sure what to write in your LinkedIn invitation. You might be tempted to use the generic "I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn" template, but beware! By not personalizing your message, you could lose a precious opportunity to network.

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While it's not so difficult to add a connection on LinkedIn when you already know the person, approaching someone you don't know, like a hiring manager, recruiter, the head of the department you want to work for, or a contact that can help get you through to the decision maker is a different story.

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Last week on "Ask J.T. Anything," I was asked about the right way to customize a connection request on LinkedIn. I'm a big believer in customizing every, yes EVERY, connection request. So much so, I wrote this post on LinkedIn to give you seven different ways to do it. So, no excuses!

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J.T will discuss the ways in which you can send LinkedIn requests that will catch people eye and make them more likely to connect with you! You won't want to miss it!     Still need more help with your LinkedIn presence and profile? Then be sure to check out our LinkedIn Plan. You'll earn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, section-by-section, so recruiters can find you! Long-time career coach J.T. O'Donnell will show you exactly what you need to put on your profile in order to get noticed.

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