Always, always ask for permission before connecting your network - a warm introduction (2-way opt-in) is far more respectful & successful than a cold one. Here’s how to do it.
Before you send the email to your contact, check with the person asking you for an introduction: when do they want you to make that connection?
In most cases, the answer will be as soon as possible - but sometimes, life happens, and folks may actually need a little more time before you make that connection.
If this is the case, hold off until they’re ready and able to respond in a timely manner, otherwise you risk hurting your relationship both with your contact and the perception your contact may have of the person you’re referring to them.
Ask the job seeker to send you 2-3 sentences about themselves, including: their background / previous roles held, roles they’re interested in, and what they would like to learn from your contact. This is important because it helps provide you with more substance when you ask for the introduction.
Medium for asking
We’ve provided a pretty formal example here for contacts you may not be as close to - where you might reach out via email or LinkedIn messaging. In cases where it’s more casual (e.g., Facebook, Whatsapp, text, Slack), send your contact a shorter version of our message above. If they agree, ask them what’s the best means of connecting them (e.g., email or LinkedIn) and then follow through with a warm introduction.