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Asked by Maura on May 30, 2017

I recently applied to a job and saw that I had a 3rd connection with the individual currently holding the position I applied for. In general what are the guidelines for asking to be introduced on LinkedIn?

Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on May 31, 2017

I treat LinkedIn like networking in person. It's about courtesy and making your intentions known. Let your mutual connection(s) know that you are interested in an introduction. When I send a connection request to someone I don't know, I ALWAYS let that person know why I want to connect. By the way, I don't take it personally if someone chooses not to connect with me on LinkedIn.

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Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on June 12, 2017

Hello,
This is something I would be careful with. I would reach out to the mutual connection and see if they know the person and if so, ask if they would mind introducing you. Reaching out to someone currently in the position for which you've applied can be risky, as you don't know if they're leaving that position on good or bad terms. If you know that it is on good terms (promotion, etc.) congratulate them and think about asking some questions regarding the role; what they enjoyed or what they would've like to have seen done differently, or even what made them successful enough to move into their new role.
Good luck! 

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on June 12, 2017

Great question! LinkedIn is first and foremost a professional networking site, so asking to connect or to be introduced for a professional reason is absolutely appropriate. I don’t know that I would go as far to say that there are guidelines for this type of thing on LinkedIn, but a great question to ask yourself when wanting to connect with anyone on LinkedIn is, is this for a professional networking purpose?

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Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on June 12, 2017

Hi Networking,
I believe that this is what the LinkedIn platform is about: using your network/connections to assist you in connecting with leads, getting advice, and, of course, helping you land a job. I would cordially ask for the introduction. Let the person know why you are interested in the job and how grateful you would be for their connection and possible introduction. The bottom line is that it never hurts to ask. Do not get discouraged if there is no response as that is sometimes a reality in social media.

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