- Search your LinkedIn network and make a list of the companies that your connections work at. LinkedIn makes this easy for you. Simply click on "My Network" at the top menu bar. Then click on "See all connections" on the left side. If you have hundreds of connections, focus on the companies that you are most interested in, or the connections that are the strongest.
- Research the companies that are on your list to find job openings. Once you've made a list of at least 25 companies where you already have a connection, research each one. You can do this through their company website, LinkedIn page, Glassdoor.com and a simple Google search. Determine which ones have openings that you are interested in and start with those.
- Contact your connection at each company. Let them know that you are interested and ask if they would refer you before you apply. An inside connection can give you guidance on the company's culture and hiring process. They can also identify the hiring manager for you so you can direct your cover letter and/or email directly to that person.
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