A Quick Guide To Asking For Job Referrals On LinkedIn

By Tang Kai Long   •   3 min read

Having a job referral doesn’t mean you’ll get special treatment during your interview. It also isn’t a sure-fire way to get a job. These are just common misconceptions.

What are referrals good for then? And how can I get them through LinkedIn?

We interviewed Ryan Park, who has over 15 years of experience in Talent Acquisition and learned about how he deals requests for job referrals. He shared about the true nature of referrals and the number 1 rule to getting them on LinkedIn.

Why Do People Ask For Job Referrals?


There’s this perception that HR will consider people who have connections to the company before looking at the pile of applicants coming in from job portals. Is that true?

If that’s the case and I don’t have connections in the company, is it useful if I start creating connections and ask for referrals from these ‘new’ connections?

First of all, referrals are a very effective way of recruiting, because there’s someone who knows this candidate, and there’s a kind of reference check that’s already there.

Yes it is a powerful tool, but it doesn’t mean that these people would be given special treatment. There’s no such thing.

Your assessment would be purely based on what you can bring to the table.

Still, referred candidates do matter for us, because at least we can do a reference check on the person. But at the same time, from the HR perspective, we have to be extra careful with referred candidates. Just because you know somebody in the company doesn’t mean you’re going to get the job.

We want to remove that kind of a notion.

How Should I Go About Asking For Job Referrals On LinkedIn?


How do you go from being a LinkedIn contact to actually getting job opportunities? Were there any instances where someone you met on LinkedIn actually became a potential candidate?

Of course. A lot of times.

There’re several occasions where graduate students doing MBA or their respective graduate programmes reach out to me and say they are very interested to do internship programmes.

They would share their background, and some concerns of theirs and ask me for my opinion on it. This is how you connect with people. You don’t have to make up stories.

If getting a job is the greatest concern, just say so. You don’t have to fake it. For messages that I see are relevant, I’d talk to them.

There are particular cases where these people were contacted again when a job opportunity really came around. They were then put in the pipeline to be assessed.

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Tang Kai Long

TalentTribe Writer

If his life were a book, the title would be "The Woes Of A Jobseeker". Understanding the jobseeking-induced torment, Kai hopes to help individuals in the same plight through the articles he writes.


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