The initial message is intended to quickly introduce the candidate to your school in a way that compels them to respond/engage further. This way, you'll gain access to their full name, resume, and contact details, and can move them along in your recruitment pipeline as you see fit.

A strong initial message does the following:

  • Keeps it brief

  • Highlights your interest in the specific candidate

  • Asks a yes/no question to encourage a response

Remember: Candidates can’t message first, so it's up to you to message them to get the ball rolling!

They can learn more about your school in your profile or during subsequent messaging/interviewing. It's also helpful to give them a link to any position you recommend for them while keeping the door open to discuss other opportunities—you never know what need you'll have next.


Example 1

Hi [USE ADD FIRST NAME FEATURE],

I came across your profile as a strong match for a role with [enter organization or school].

We'd love to connect to learn more about you. Do you have some time this week?

Please check out the job details below and respond here to let me know if you're interested in this or other openings at our school.

All my best,

[Enter your name]
[Enter your role]


Example 2

Hello!

I hope this message finds you well—I’m reaching out because [enter organization or school] is looking for excellent candidates to join our team, and your profile stood out as a potential great fit!

It sounds like our [enter position] opening might be a match given your qualifications. Would you be interested in learning more?

We'd love to learn more about what you're looking for! You're welcome to schedule a call [here (enter scheduling link)]. Please respond to this message confirm if you do schedule so we can review your resume.

Thanks and take care,

[Enter your name]
[Enter your role]


Example 3

Hi [USE ADD FIRST NAME FEATURE],

[enter organization or school] is looking for a [enter position] and I came across your profile.

I'm eager to connect to learn more about you. Are you interested in setting up a time?

Please respond here to let me know if you're interested in this or other openings at [enter organization or school] and we can get the ball rolling!

Warmly,

[Enter your name]
[Enter your role]


Want to invite a candidate to apply directly to a specific job? Check out our video walkthrough on how to do that here.

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