A well-written resume made heavy by your qualifications can get your foot in the door, but it’s only with a personal referral that you also get someone to actually open the door and welcome you inside. Knowing exactly where you want to work or which company you wish to work for is already good news, but you shouldn’t stop there. You need to make a big impression to get the job you want next, and to do that you need to apply the following steps and get yourself a personal referral.
1. Personal referrals should come from the right people.
Forget about your contacts in the HR department or from the rank and file. Personal referrals only matter if they come from one of the company’s senior managers or top executives. These are the people others automatically listen to and would have followed as much as possible.
To find out whom you should approach for a personal referral, you can do the following:
When visiting these sites, make a list of the names that show up as well as any other crucial details about them.
2. Choose whom to write to.
Aside from having one of the top positions in the company, the person you should be contacting must also have a personality, a situation, or any other factor that would make him or her in need of your services or be able to appreciate it.
You can know more about these professionals by searching for their LinkedIn profile.
3. Schedule a meeting.
How you get to schedule a meeting is all up to you. The ends justify the means in this case. You can call, visit in person, or email. Do whatever is necessary as long as it will give you a chance to establish contact with the other party.
4. Prove your worth.
But don’t boast about it. Take your time to listen to the other party. Figure out a way to make your contact talk until you find out how it is that you can be of help. And when you know what it is, then that’s when you start talking about your skills and services. Don’t be too bashful, either. It’s very important that your contact realize you’d be an asset to the company and, consequently, he’d be an asset, too, for being the one lucky or skillful enough to recruit you to their side.
5. Ask for a personal referral.
If you’re lucky, it would be offered to you on a platter but don’t wait too long for this to happen. Sometimes, you just have to make your own fate and in this case that’s by letting the other party know straight out that you want to bat for his team, too.