Linkedin launches the ideal feature for lazy job seekers

Above LinkedIn Ask for a referral Image Credit Paul Sawers  VentureBeat

Above LinkedIn Ask for a referral Image Credit Paul Sawers VentureBeat

LinkedIn announced the change in a blog post today.

Called 'Ask for a Referral, ' the new feature allows users to do just that with the click of a button.

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The recipient can then choose to follow up on your message by referring you to the job through whatever methods their company supports. Now it's going to become easier to identify individuals in your network who can connect you to jobs with other companies.

Once you're find a position that interests your, you can request a referral by clicking the dedicated button. According to the company, referrals can really make a difference when looking for a job in a company where you already know someone. Tapping the button on the listing will display a form that lets you select a contact. After adding a message and pressing send, LinkedIn will send a notification to your contact letting them know you asked for a referral.

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It's a fine, generic message, but you should probably customize it to the position and person before hitting "Send". LinkedIn team mentioned that job applications with referrals are 4X more likely to get a response back from a company.

"The #1 way that job seekers have reported first discovering a job, was through someone they knew". Not that surprising as almost 50% of recruiters say referrals are the leading source of quality hires. Of course, you can still use additional filters like location, industry, job function, even specific companies to find the role that's flawless for you.

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