How to reach out to someone on LinkedIn after applying for a job

Dont neglect the power of LinkedIn when it comes to networking especially if youre currently looking for a job. The right message can give you an instant connection, open the door

How to reach out to someone on LinkedIn after applying for a job

Dont neglect the power of LinkedIn when it comes to networking  especially if youre currently looking for a job. The right message can give you an instant connection, open the door to seasoned advice on your career plan and industry insight, or even lead to a job referral.

How to reach out to new contacts on LinkedIn

A cold email introduction or LinkedIn message is usually the best way to get the conversation rolling with people you don't know yet. Heres how to get the ball rolling:

  1. Open the profile page of the person you want to contact, and click the 'Connect' (to send a connection request; you can include a note in your connection request), or use the InMail if you're a LinkedIn Premium user.
  2. Enter a short but descriptive subject line (if you're using an InMail).
  3. Greet the person using their name. Use an informal greeting in most cases.
  4. Briefly introduce yourself. Use a short 1-2 liner introduction, don't overdo it!
  5. Mention how you found the person and something you have in common.
  6. Ask a specific question  make sure this is something not too demanding, like a 10 minute phone call.

How to reach out to your professional network on LinkedIn

Your existing network is also a valuable resource when youre looking for a job. You don't have to always find new contacts all the time! Heres how to break the ice:

  1. Open the profile page of the person you want to contact, and click the blue Connect' button.
  2. Click the Add a Note button.
  3. Start with a friendly greeting. Asking about a recent job switch, promotion, or personal event (if youre close outside of work) is a good way to break the ice.
  4. Include a specific ask. This can be a bit more than youd ask of a stranger, but should still be short and simple, like a quick catch up.
  5. End with a friendly sign off.

Where to look for new contactsAlumni network

A good place to start is with fellow alumni. Not just for recent grads either - you can leverage your university and college connections at any career stage. You can reach out directly to your alumni network, or search for an alumni page on LinkedIn where you can find out whos working in your industry.Mutual contacts

Establishing a mutual connection can significantly improve your response rates, so prioritize looking for 2nd (or even 3rd) degree connections on LinkedIn. You can identify these contacts by the 2nd degree or 3rd degree icons next to their name. To search directly people with mutual contacts, use the Connections filter at the top of your search page to select 2nd degree connections.Groups and events

LinkedIn groups and events are a great way to find people in your industry or with common interests. You can search the Events page for local or online events, search for groups by keyword, or browse suggested groups and events from your LinkedIn profile.LinkedIn search

If you dont have a large alumni or professional network to fall back on, thats okay! You can search directly for potential contacts in your industry via LinkedIn search. Use the People filter at the top of your search page and enter the keywords youre looking for  for example, your industry, location, or a company youre interested in.

Tips to keep in mind

A few quick tips when sending a cold email or LinkedIn request:

  • Keep your introduction email or message short
  • While it might be tempting to ask for a job directly, you should build a relationship first.
  • Be mindful about their time
  • Be authentic with a simple request - ask for advice and not a favor

Dont feel stalkerish dropping someone youve never met an email or message. Its a common practice and many of your successful peers did exactly the same thing.

Some connections may be brief but others could last for years. Nurture your relationships - they could play a key role in taking your career to the next level!Continue reading...

Here's how to use LinkedIn to reach out to people about a job on LinkedIn (+ templates included)

Subject: NYU senior - would appreciate your insight

Hi Tim,

My name is Rohan and I'm a senior at NYU. I came across your name on your alumni database. I hope you're doing great!

I am reaching out because I am interested in a job in software engineering, and I want to learn more about the industry. I saw from your LinkedIn profile that you have a lot of unique experiences, both at large enterprises and technology startups.

A bit about me: I'm majoring in Computer Science and last year I did a software engineering internship at Resume Worded, where I implemented a caching algorithm using Java and Python.

I'd be so grateful if I could ask you a few questions about your experiences and any recommendations you might have about navigating the job search. Do you have 10-15 minutes for a quick coffee next week? I can come to your office (I also live in NY) or wherever is most convenient for you. I'd really appreciate it.

Thank you!
- Rohan

Insight

Note how we ask for advice, not a job. You don't want to be emailing someone that doesn't know you for a job or an interview right off the bat. Build a relationship first! Highlight specific questions in your email ("is consulting a good fit for me?") and specific experiences you've had that are relevant to the industry (in this case, software engineering) - you're more likely to get a response this way.


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How to reach out to someone on Linkedin about a job [Email template]

Subject: Interested in Resume Worded

Hi Stefi,

I hope this message finds you well! I've been with ABC Co. for a few years now as a Software Engineer, and I've just started looking for a new opportunity. I've been following Resume Worded for some time and there are a few roles I've come across that seem like a great fit.

I'd love to chat with you to get a better idea of Resume Worded and learn about the kind of work you're doing at the moment. Are you free this week for a quick phone call? Happy to send questions over LinkedIn if that's easier too!

Thanks! Katie

Insight

If you know someone who works at a company you want to work for, consider using some variation of this template. Avoid asking for a job referral directly - instead, ask for advice or feedback on your resume. More often than not, someone will eventually say "I could refer you if you want?".

You can send this template to a hiring manager or recruiter.


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Asking a LinkedIn contact for advice

Subject: Congrats on the move!

Hi Jack,

I see from LinkedIn that you're currently working in product management, and transitioned into the industry from a marketing role!

I've actually been contemplating a similar move (I feel like I'm in the exact same position you were in!) and would love to hear what the transition was like for you. It'd also be great to hear about what the hiring processes are like at ABC Co.

Thanks,
Rohan

Insight

This could either be sent via email or LinkedIn, depending on your relationship. The email is succinct and to the point, and is a good one to use to maintain your relationships with your network.

Note how in this email, we do not ask for a job. It's important to build a relationship first.


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Reaching out to a 2nd degree contact

Subject: Interested in Resume Worded

Hi Tom,

I saw on your profile that you work with Jane Doe  we recently worked together when she was at Winter Company. Shes been sharing updates about Summer Corp and it looks like youre working on some pretty exciting things at the moment!

I'm currently contemplating making a similar move and would love to chat to you about the kind of work youre doing at Summer Corp. Im happy to arrange a quick phone call next week if youre free or to send a few questions over LinkedIn.

Thanks,
Jerry

Insight

People are generally more likely to respond to messages from someone in their network. Establishing a 2nd degree connection can make the recipient more inclined to want to help you  and if youve reached out to your mutual contact directly first and secured a referral, make sure to mention that instead.


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Reaching out to someone you found on a LinkedIn group

Subject: Loved your article (optional)

Hi Amy,

I came across your profile in the Consulting Group on LinkedIn. Your post recently about XYZ really resonated with me  Im going through a similar stage myself trying to transition back from consulting to full-time employment. Id love to hear more about how you did it and what its like working at ABC Company  are you free to answer a few questions over email?

Thanks,
Zara

Insight

When reaching out to someone you dont know, its better to ask for something small. Many people are more likely to agree to answer questions sent via email or LinkedIn message, which allows them to answer at their leisure, than to set up a phone call or face to face meeting with a complete stranger.


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Reaching out to industry experts on LinkedIn, especially to find out about the industry

Subject: Career changer interested in [industry]

Hi Laura,

My name is [Your Name] and I [include a short sentence about your professional background and experience]. I found your profile on LinkedIn and read through a number of your articles on [subject]. I particularly enjoyed [be specific about something you read and why it resonated with you].

Im in the process of changing careers and am looking to transition into [new field or role]. Id love to ask you some questions about [industry] and get your expert insight  are you available for a quick chat over Zoom? I can also send you some questions via email if that works better for you. I understand youre busy but would appreciate any time youre able to carve out for me!

Thanks,
Iain

Insight

If youre contemplating a career change and are looking for advice from experts, try reaching out to someone you admire or whos doing the kind of work youd like to do. When sending a cold email like this, make sure to introduce yourself and clearly explain what youre asking for, so the other person knows who you are and why they should respond.


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Sending a cold email to a company executive

Subject: Interested in [Company Name]

Dear [Name],

My name is [Your Name]. [1-2 lines about your relevant professional background and key skills and experience.] I got your name from [how you found them  if you have a personal connection or mutual contact, mention it here], who mentioned that youre currently hiring for [position]. I was excited to hear this, as Ive been following your company since [notable development or achievement].

Ive submitted an application online, but even if this position isnt a fit, Id love to sit down for a quick chat with you to learn more about your experience and any advice you have for young professionals. I understand how busy you are and am willing to work around your schedule.

Thank you for your consideration.

Best,
[Your Name]

Insight

If you already have your sights set on a particular position, dont beat around the bush. Sending a cold email like this to a hiring manager or executive can improve your chances of getting hired and leave the door open to future opportunities even if it doesnt work out this time around.

Be sure to include details about what excites you about this particular company, role, or industry  you want to seem genuinely interested in building a relationship, not just in applying for a job.


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