How To Get People To Refer Your Resume Using LinkedIn
“If you know someone, have them help you make a connection. One way someone will get my attention is if someone meaningful at the company puts a resume in front of me. This resume has a sure shot of getting looked at.” - Marnie Woodward, HR Bank of America To be forthcoming, you won’t find anything in this article that involves applying for random jobs on LinkedIn. Here are some tips on how to get people to refer your resume using LinkedIn...

Search By Company And Connect With Employees

Objective: Get in touch with someone from the company you want to work for and have him or her connect you with someone from that company who can better assist you in your job search.
  1. Enter the company you are interested in working for in the search box.
  2. Right away you should see employees from that company appear in the search results, along your degree of connection with them. For instance, a 3rd degree connection represents someone who has connections who are connected to your direct connections.
  3. Connect with as many people as you can from the company (past or present).
  4. Invite them to connect as a “friend," select the box that says “Include a personal note," then delete the generic message and write a two or three sentence message to them.
For example: "Hi John, I am really impressed by your resume. How do you like working for XYZ Company? I would love to chat with you for 5 minutes about what you do from day to day. Look forward to hearing from you! Thanks, Jane."
Note: Once one person connects with you from the company, it will improve your success rate of connections with other employees, as you’ll now be a 2nd connection.
  1. When you receive a response to your intro message, set up a time to talk with them for a quick phone call.
  2. If someone connects with you, but doesn’t message you back (they probably didn’t see your message in the original invitation), send them a short four sentence message reiterating the original, that you would like to get on a quick phone call with them.
  3. The phone call! It is all about them! You want them to talk about themselves and their own experiences the whole time. This conversation is not about you or asking for anything. How would you like it if a random person asked you for something? (Especially for a favor related to your place of employment?) More often than not, at the end of the conversation, if the conversation went well you’ll be asked what you are interested in and whether you need their help. That is your gold!
Other ways of connecting with employees on LinkedIn:

Utilizing Groups

  • If you join a LinkedIn group, you now have a free pass to connect with other group members (meaning, you can send them an invite even if you aren’t a 2nd or 3rd connection).
  • If you join an industry related group, there is a good chance that someone in that group will be working for the company you want to work for.
  • Once connected, be sure to mention the fact that you are both members of Group X to break the ice.

Alumni Network

  • Joining your college and even high school alumni network on LinkedIn is a critical step.
  • Most people are willing to support someone who when to the same school.
  • Always keep in mind that you still don’t want to approach your fellow alumni for anything right out of the gates. Even with a strong and shared bond, your fellow alumni don’t know you yet and therefore can’t vouch or help immediately!
Good luck! And remember… be BOLD in pursuing your dreams! Written by Melanie Feldman and Joshua Siva. Co-authors of BOLD: Get Noticed, Get HiredEnjoy this article? You've got time for another! Check out these related articles:   Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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  1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius
  2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk
  3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard
  4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn
  5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan
  6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller
  7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln
  8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison
  9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz
  10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart
  11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas
  12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney
  13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson
  14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller
  15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden
  16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White
  17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton
  18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein
  19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain
  21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius

Inspirational Career Quotes Confucius


2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk

Inspirational Career Quotes Carlton Fisk


3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard

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4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn

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5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan

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6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller

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7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln

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8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison

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9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz

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10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart

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11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas

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12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney

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13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson

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14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller

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15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden

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16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White

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17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton

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18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein

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19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain

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21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

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