How to Ask for a Referral on LinkedIn 

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Do you know, that it becomes 10 times more easy to get your resume selected only if you get referrals for it? 

It impacts exactly in the same way it impacts you when your best friend or a close relative refers you to a product you were curious about.

Couldn’t deny that a resume with relative skills and better alignment is still a priority, just as the quality of a product. But in some way, referrals add an extra force to consider it exactly like referrals from your known ones.

And what can be a better place for these referrals than LinkedIn?

A complete professional space where every individual sustains the capacity to understand each other’s position. Interests in communicating and building a healthy network system!

However, to bake this cake exactly like the picture in our minds, we have to take care of some points.

Points to take care of when asking for referrals on LinkedIn

The moment you Google it, you can get a lot of professional and time-invested templates that can keep your name in the receiver’s mind. Just with some greeting, a job ID, and inevitable attachments, you can set the crowd apart.

Here is how your template should (or must) be:

[ Hello, the receiver’s name

I hope you are doing well! 

I am reaching out to you to ask if you can refer me for the job opening for a position name in your company.

Have XYZ years of experience in the same job role, and I am also well proficient in the skills the company is asking for.

I am very passionate about this opening, and I would be grateful if you referred me.

I have also attached my resume for the same.

Thank you.]


  • Personalized approach

It’s important to make it feel important to keep them on hold. When the receiver feels that the message is specially written for him or her, they will give it a read, and once it is done. Other part of the process is dependent on the resume or portfolio you have attached.

  • Job specifications 

“Hey, can you help me?”

“Can you refer me for a job in your company?”

Messages like these won’t land you a job but make a good impression. Invest a few minutes and communicate properly about the job role, job ID, your prior experience related to it, and most importantly. The skill set you are pursuing.

In short, try to sound like you sincerely need and deserve this job!

  • Updated resume 

People take it seriously when someone says, “Never judge a book by its cover,” and they cannot rely on a single note from someone they don’t know or who they should.

Hence, to make it more relevant and credible, it is important to attach either your portfolio or your resume to it.

Give them the maximum possible reasons to find you a good match for your company within a short and crisp text!

  • Your interest in this opening

What if they don’t care, but a single line could change their mind at the last moment, i.e., ” I am very passionate about this opening;. I would be grateful if you referred me?”

Along with your generosity, gratitude, and passion for that particular job opening, implicitly, you have also sent them a sense of responsibility. which increases their chances of getting a referral.

  • Professional tone

Once you have drafted the final template, read it like a professional and imagine someone has sent it to you.

Answer honestly:

  • Would you ignore it?
  • If yes, then why?
  • What are the better ways to draft it?

And guess what? It’s done!

Now that you know the correct ways to draft a completely professional template, here are some pointers to let you know what to avoid as well!

What to avoid when asking for referrals on LinkedIn

  • Spamming

However, 67% of this blog has proved that referrals are a good way to land yourself a job. You should also remember that it is not the only way to get it.

So if you do not get the expected response, post a professional follow-up

. You should not resend the same or delete the account.

  • Lack of information

Before sending the text, you should research well about the person, their designation, their involvement, and, most importantly. How they have been posting on LinkedIn.

Do not get yourself busy with random networking; reach out to them wisely.

One of the other aspects of the same is to know about the company, its mission, vision, achievements, job satisfaction ratio, and other things.

  • Tone reflecting desperation

“Please, I need this job.”

“Could you please refer me to this job?”

This should be avoided!

  • Expressing too much gratitude

Do not add ‘thank you so much’, or ‘it means a lot’ in the first message already. Along with sounding desperate, it may also reflect an inferiority complex, which is also evident in the first message you send them.

Bad idea, right?


That’s it for the blog. I hope now you know how to draft the perfect message to ask for referrals on LinkedIn in a completely rational way.

Now’s the time to ask for referrals for your dream job

Opportunity can knock on the door at any time.

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