The LinkedIn group membership process is a new one for many lawyers.
After some of the initial steps around making the decision to join a LinkedIn group, one finds and effectively navigates the group description and invitation acceptance button.
A LinkedIn user then waits to gain admission to the group, and the instructions tell the user that they may contact the group moderator for admission to the group.
To new users just how "automated" this group moderator contact is unclear, and a message with the subject "I would like to join your group; my membership is pending approval" opens for use.
It is important to remember that this "I would like to join your group; my membership is pending approval" message is just a regular email message to the person who happens to be the moderator of the group you're looking to join.
As such, you can:
- modify your email subject line to improve your networking effectiveness
- explain your qualifications for group membership
- explain any gaps between a stated, logical or obvious connection to your membership in a group and your current job description
- communicate directly with the moderator
and you really should:
- help the moderator identify you - include all email addresses, give a brief about who you are and why you should be admitted to the group.
- note what group you want to join (moderators often moderate more than one group)
- send only one email if joining many of the groups moderated by one person, listing all group admission requests on one message.