Does anyone else feel weird asking friends or past coworkers from another life for help on LinkedIn in joining their current company? I have many past coworkers (not really “buddy” friends) that I know that have since gone to other companies (that I’m interested in), how can I ask to get my resume through to them to get a foot in the door without sounding like I am begging? Is there a proper way to ask someone to “help” me?

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Also, you are not alone. I too have that weird trepidation.


Also a good chance they get a referral bonus if you're hired. I always welcome people actually interested in positions at my company for this reason.


Be honest about your situation and intent. And especially, be honest with yourself. How do you react to people, close and distant, when they need guidance or help? Knowing that you are willing to help those in need takes the edge off being in the uncomfortable position of asking for a hand - kind of a virtuous cycle.

It's my experience that some people are fed by giving. Those are the people who will respond to you and will view it as the opposite of an imposition. Keep the above in mind and be respectful / professional. I hope you are in a position to assist others once you are on more solid ground and pay it forward.


Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to have helped a few of my friends and family find jobs because maybe I was in the right place at the right time, never expected anything in return. I was just happy to be in a position to help. I just can’t help myself right now. I know there are lots of people out there willing to help, I also know there are some that would just ignore my request. I guess I’m just worried that it will make me look like a begger or sad and push my friends away. I’m not sure how to be in a position to ask correctly without being out of line. I guess that doesn’t make sense.

I do it all the time as a recruiter. I ask the person if they are "comfortable" making an intro for me. If they're not, or if they're too distant a connection they tell me.


Just be polite but direct. People will surprise you in a positive way I think, and no harm if they don’t respond. To make you laugh I just pinged a former colorist lately who’s now at a great company. We’re Linked but she couldn’t remember me initially since it has been so long, so I was mortified. But I soldiered on and then she was like oh of course! HR approached her and she vouched for me and now they’re setting up my interview. Even if nothing works out, I will have gotten a chance thanks to her.


Thank you for sharing Producer1 that’s how I think all my former co-workers see me 😂 “and you are?...”, I’m really glad you have the interview set up and I hope you get the gig!

Not at all. If you get the job they may get a referral bonus


What about blindly reaching out to recruiters? Is that looked down upon?

Nope - in a lot of cases they only get paid when they place a candidate so they will welcome the inbound lead any day.


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