Asking for a letter of introduction is an extremely useful skill in the business world, especially if you’re looking for a new job. Referrals have long been the number one source of hires, both in terms of volume and quality hire. Getting referred to a job from a trusted source is your best opportunity to get hired.
As the person getting referred to a position, it is essential you make it easy for your contact to refer you. We’ve mapped out the proper process for asking for a referral.
In this situation, Tim is looking to get hired at his contact Samantha’s company for a market research analyst role which Kristine is hiring for. Tim has an existing business relationship with Samantha.
Hope you’re well. Can’t believe the Market Research Summit was 6 months ago! Hope to see you there this year. I’m emailing about the market research analyst job that was posted last week. I’m looking to move back into full-time work from the consulting world and It looks like a great fit. Do you think you could make an intro to Kristine for me? Let me know and I’ll send over my details in a separate email.
Great to hear from you, it definitely looks like it could be a fit! Please send over your details and I’ll forward it to Kristine.
Tim should then send a new email which includes the following.
Thanks for offering to make the referral to Kristine.
I’m moving out of the consulting world and looking for a full-time gig. In the last 3 years I’ve specialized in market research in the SMB Medical Device Space.
My best accomplishment was a market research report focused on market penetration of Thermo-physical scanning devices in the Latin American Market. Clients who purchased the report included Merck, BSO, and MDI, and they all gave reviews of 4 stars and above. I’ve attached my resume, and look forward to speaking with Kristine about the role!
This makes it easy for Samantha to either write a letter of introduction to Kristine, or simply forward the email.
Don’t simply forward your resume and hope for the best. Be strategic in your approach and always add a personal touch. Using this method will guarantee that you make the best use of everyone’s time, and maximize your chance of landing the job.
Samantha can then do 2 things.
This is the most effective way to get a referral. You’ll be positioned as a valuable potential team member, and your resume will be front of line in the application process instead of being lost in an applicant tracking system with a “referral” tag. Always take the personal, targeted approach when looking for a job.
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