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Can u cold message ppl on LinkedIn asking for a referral?

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I do this all the time. It’s not the first thing I say but I do message random people that have the title of the position I’m looking to apply to and ask if they have time to speak about the role/company and usually they offer to refer me anyways.

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Totally works! You have people on here offering to refer others all the time.

Your approach matters though. I would not go about asking “Hey! Can I have a referral?” rather I’d ask for 15 minutes of their time to learn more about them/their work then ask in a follow-up.

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I too would like some actionable insights on this key question

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Yes. I got my job at D using the same tactic. Make sure you’re genuine and do some research before reaching out and asking for a chat. Make an effort to understand the demands of the role and how your skills align while chatting. This helps the employee understand you and your skills better

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Find an alumni from your school who works at that company and just be like “yooooooo"

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This has worked for me several times. People are usually happy to help an alum out.

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I definitely recommend doing this. Ended up getting my job from it

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Do it all the time

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Yes 💁🏻‍♀️

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I've gone this route before but the response rate is pretty low.

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people are generally happy to refer you, but make yourself available to them instead of asking for them to be available to you. you dont want it to be “work” for them, you want to make it easy for them. none of us mind getting a referral bonus but if youre pinging us 5x a day we prob dont have that much time

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