As mentioned earlier in this chapter, InMail enables you to contact LinkedIn members who aren’t in your network. In an effort to manage spam, LinkedIn requires members to pay to send InMail. InMail is most useful for members who want to contact a wide variety of people, such as recruiters or individuals using LinkedIn for business development.
There is one exception in which you can send InMail for free, even if you don’t have a premium account: You can send InMail at no charge to members who participate in the OpenLink Network. LinkedIn identifies these members with the OpenLink icon on their profiles or in search results. To enable other members to send you free InMail, you must specify that you want to participate in the OpenLink Network when you sign up for a premium account.
Send InMail to an OpenLink Network Participant
You can send free InMail to participants in the OpenLink Network directly from their profile. If the recipient doesn’t respond to the InMail within seven days, the message expires.
Verify that the person you want to contact is an OpenLink Network participant.
Click the Send InMail link on the profile of the person you want to reach.
Enter your email address and phone number if you want to share contact information.
- Select the reason for your InMail, such as job inquiry or business opportunity.
- Enter the subject of your InMail.
- Enter your message. To increase your chances of a positive reply, be as specific as possible.
Click the Send button to send your InMail.