Connect on LinkedIn
When I was applying for jobs I heavily relied on LinkedIn because the more I used it for my search, the better and more tailored results I would get which was extremely helpful. I used LinkedIn to get in contact with people who had that same job or a similar one so I could ask questions and get advice.
— Biola, Finance, 2019
LinkedIn is a great platform for connecting with others. If you find someone you would like to connect with, it is best to include a note in your connection request.
Be sure to include:
- Your name
- Your major, graduation year, and that you are a USF student/alumnus
- How you found them on LinkedIn or when you met
- Why you would like to connect
After you connect, you can send the person a longer message to request an informational interview. Be specific in your message when asking for the interview. People are more likely to respond if they know:
- What you are hoping to learn
- How you want to connect (phone, email, in person)
- When, where, and for how long you would like to meet
Hi (person’s name),
My name is _____________ and I am a ____________ major at the University of San Francisco, graduating in ______________. I found your profile through ____________________ and am very intrigued by the work you’ve done with ________________ at __________________. I’d love to learn more about your role and what your path was like after graduating from USF. Would you be willing to connect with me for _______________ within the next _____________? Thanks for your time!
First Name Last Name
I made an effort to cold call recruiters and HR members of agencies where I wanted to work through the LinkedIn platform. I first researched the USF LinkedIn alumni tool to see where fellow alumni had gone post grad. I sent out LinkedIn connection requests where I was abIe to showcase my personality and people skills which got me phone interviews.
— Jack, Marketing, 2019