Spring has sprung! For many, thoughts turn to Spring cleaning, better weather and new beginnings. If finding a new job is on your radar this season, LinkedIn’s latest feature is worth investigating. This past week, on LinkedIn’s Official Blog, they announced an easy way to find and reach out to potential people who could refer you to a target company.
Before we get into the specifics, here’s a reminder why referrals are so important.
- According to a recent study showcased in an article by the Society for Human Resource Management, employee referrals continue to be many employers top source of hires, delivering more than 30% of all hires overall
- Referrals are the #1 way job seekers report discovering a job for the first time
- Close to 50% of recruiters say referrals are a leading source of quality hires
Now that we’ve hopefully convinced you how valuable referrals are, how do you go about getting a referral into an organization? The process is as simple as a click of a button! Let’s go into LinkedIn and see how it works. Say, for example, you see this Marketing Job that you’re interested in. If you have any connections who can refer you, you will see them. In this case, there are quite a few. Now, click on “Ask for a referral.”
This is what you will see next (below). These are connections with that company.
Then, if you click on the Message button, up pops a pre-populated message that you can edit as appropriate (as seen below).
Check out the rest of LinkedIn’s blog post about this topic for good suggestions about how to open that door, ask for a referral and personalize your request for best results.
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