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How to ask for referral on LinkedIn?

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Asking for a referral on LinkedIn can significantly boost your job search efforts. Referrals often carry more weight than direct applications, providing you with an inside track to job opportunities.

However, requesting a referral requires tact and professionalism. If you do this correctly, your career prospects may improve sooner.

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In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of asking for a referral on LinkedIn, ensuring your request is effective and well-received.

Here’s what we will cover:

Why do Referrals matter?

Referrals can significantly enhance your chances of getting hired. Here’s why:

  • Increased visibility: Referrals can help your application stand out among hundreds of others.
  • Credibility boost: A recommendation from a current employee can add credibility to your application.
  • Insider application: Referrers can provide insights into the company culture and the role you’re applying for.

Also read: How to create a LinkedIn account?

Steps to ask for a referral on LinkedIn

To ask for a referral on LinkedIn, you can head to the direct messages of that person and then send them a formal message.

Step 1: Open LinkedIn and then head to the Search icon at the top. Here, search for the name of the person you’re asking for the referral.

Step 2: Next, click on Message.

Example messages:

Message to a known contact

Here’s a sample message that you can try with a known contact:

Subject: Referral request for making manager position at XYZ Corp

Hi [Name of that person],

I hope this message finds you well. My name is [Your Name], and I attended XYZ University with you in 2018. I recently came across the Marketing Manager position at XYZ Corp and am very interested in applying.

Would you be open to sharing my resume with the hiring team? I believe my five years of experience in digital marketing would make me a strong candidate for the role. Happy to chat more if you have the time.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
[Your Name]
[Your LinkedIn Profile URL]

Message to an unknown contact

Subject: Referral Request for Marketing Manager Position at XYZ Corp

Hi [Name],

I hope this message finds you well. My name is [Your Name], and I found your profile while exploring XYZ Corp’s career page. I am interested in the Marketing Manager position and would be grateful if you could refer me for this role.

I have over five years of experience in digital marketing, including roles at [Previous Company] where I led several successful campaigns. My resume is attached for your reference.

Thank you for considering my request.

Best regards,
[Your Name]
[Your LinkedIn Profile URL]

Also read: How to share a LinkedIn profile link?

Some tips before asking for a referral on LinkedIn

Here are some tips that you should keep in mind before asking for a referral on LinkedIn:

  • Identify the right person: Start by identifying someone with your network who works at the company where you are applying. You can look for first or second-degree connections who are already in your network.
  • Build a relationship: Before asking for a referral, it’s important to build a rapport with the person. For this, you can like, comment, and share their posts to get noticed. Furthermore, you can send a personalised one by mentioning any common interests or mutual connections.
  • Craft a polite message: You can take the help of the two messages that we have given above.
  • Personalise each request: Avoid sending generic messages, tailor each request to the individual.
  • Be specific: Clearly state the position you are applying for and why you are interested in it.
  • Stay professional: Maintain a professional tone throughout your correspondence.

Also read: How to add projects in LinkedIn? 

Mistakes to avoid

There are some mistakes you should avoid before asking for a referral on LinkedIn:

  • Being too forward: Don’t demand a referral; ask politely.
  • Ignoring etiquette: Respect the person’s time and don’t bombard them with messages.
  • Lack of preparation: Ensure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and professional before reaching out.

In conclusion, requesting a referral on LinkedIn can significantly impact your job search. By identifying the right person, building a relationship, composing a polite and professional message, and following up appropriately, you can improve your chances of receiving a referral.

Also read: How to add an About section on LinkedIn?

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: