I hope this message finds you well.
Thanks for the recent connection! Life is all about relationships, and I’m always excited to expand my network.
With that said, as a [awesome company] recruiter I’m hoping you might be able to share some advice on how I can learn more about two of your company’s currently posted opportunities.
Specifically, I think I might be a good fit [position 1] and [position 2].
If possible, I’d like to have an informational interview with someone associated with these positions in order to learn more about the opportunities. Might you be willing to provide some insight into the best way(s) for me to go about making this happen?
Thanks a *lot* for any consideration here! And if this isn’t a situation where you can assist at this time that’s perfectly alright!
I don’t think you’re missing anything from an etiquette standpoint. This recruiter sent YOU the LinkedIn request, right? If you had sent the request, and immediately followed up with this note, then I would think you’re being a bit too pushy.
Now, of course, LinkedIn used to be about maintaining old relationships, and now it seems to be about creating as many new relationships as possible. So, you don’t have any real relationship with this recruiter. But, it makes me wonder, what on earth was this recruiter linking with you for, if not to build some sort of relationship?
Chances are, he saw your headline and wanted to read your whole profile (I don’t know whether yours is public or not), so he linked to you. Now he can read your profile and that’s all he wanted.
Or he wanted to pad his numbers because it looks cooler if you’ve got 792 connections instead of 42. I’m not sure. But, I will tell you this, I find his behavior rude. If YOU send a LinkedIn request to someone you don’t know, and they graciously accept it, and then ask you a question, I think you should answer it.
And especially in his line of work. You may not be a good fit for this position that is currently open, but you may be a great fit for one later on. He may well be lessening your chances of wanting to work with this guy should a position open up that you would be perfect for.
I guess you could argue that your email was a bit pushy, but since he started the relationship, I don’t think so.
Anybody else want to throw out another opinion?