LinkedIn has a new button for job seekers—one that adds an “Ask for a Referral,” button. The referral button is added next to the job where they know someone who works at the company that is advertising a job opening.
Referrals are not exactly something new when it comes to getting a new job. As a matter of fact, many job seekers find get to know about an advertised position in a company via referrals.
The feature only works very well if you already have an inside source [a friend or someone you know working in the company you wish to apply for a job in].
Here is how it works:
Tap the “Ask for a referral” button at the top of the job listing, and select the person you would like to reach out to. LinkedIn will help you write your request by suggesting a pre-populated message. Better still, you can personalize your message to make it look unique and standout from the rest. Consider using the following three tips provided by LinkedIn as your guide when personalizing or writing your message.
- Remind them how they know you. Jog their memory of where you met if you haven’t been in touch recently. Call out things you have in common, like if you went to the same school.
- Share why you’re a good fit. Include why you’d be a good fit for the job, including your skills and relevant experience. This will make it easier for the person you know to recommend you to the hiring manager or recruiter.
- Highlight why you’re interested. Stand out by telling them why you’re interested in this role. This can be anything from being a fan of the company’s product or service to wanting to move to the city their office is located in.
Of course, replying to your message is at the recipient’s discretion—he or she might choose to reply or not to.
There is even more—LinkedIn has made it easier for you to see those jobs where you have someone already working within the organization. This is possible through the new job search filter to find those jobs within your network. If you like, you can combine this new filter along with others like location, industry, and many more. This will help you narrow down on the exact position you may want to apply for.
It has been one tool after another in the last couple of months for all LinkedIn users. The professional networking group has never failed to show how much it wants its users to be on top of the game when it comes to making the right career moves.
LinkedIn recently launched a tool called Resume Assistant to help you get “inspiration and resources to craft a compelling resume directly within Microsoft Word.” Along with this comes the opportunity to see relevant jobs on LinkedIn that are personalized to you.
The Microsoft-owned company also added a new tool called Salary Insights to help provide an overall estimates salary, including base compensation, range and total compensation for a given role. Salary Insights is almost similar to what Glassdoor, an anonymous job review site does.