Getting referrals

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I did not get a single call from a recruiter when I applied directly on the portal. All my calls are a direct product of a referral except one. Get Linkedin Premium. Its worth it. A lot of referrals are from connections I made at random places at random times. So its always a good thing to build your professional network even if you are not hunting for a job.

Different ways I got my foot through the door

  1. I wrote a great cover letter describing how I perfectly match all their requirements and applied through the portal
  2. I reached out to the head of data science of a company who follows me on twitter and he expedited the process by sending my resume to the recruiter.
  3. I reached out to the head of data science who is my connection on Linkedin telling her about the talk I attended of her and that I was on the job market and asked her to connect me with a recruiter.
  4. I wrote to all data scientists who were in the company I was interested in through LinkedIn search and wrote to every one of them asking if I would be a good fit and if they would refer me.
    1. People would be more than happy to refer as there is usually an incentive like a referral bonus.
  5. I used the LinkedIn feature of “members in this company who are in your network” to ask them if they can refer me.
  6. I used the Linkedin feature of “members in this company who worked in the same company as you” to connect with them ask them if they can refer me.
  7. I used the Linkedin feature of “members in this company who went to your school” to ask them if they can refer me. This works because there is a common ground between you and the person.
  8. I asked my friend if they know someone who works for a company I am interested in and connected with them and asked them to refer me.

The reason I wrote the above is to illustrate that there are so many ways to get referrals if you try hard enough.

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