Cover Letter Referred by a Contact Examples
Cover Letters and Email Samples to Use for a Referral
When you are applying for jobs, it’s always helpful to have a referral. Being able to mention a mutual acquaintance when writing to a hiring manager gives you an immediate connection, and can help get your resume noticed.
Your cover letter is the ideal place to mention your referral’s name, and the context you know them in. Including a referral, if you have one, is one of the best ways to get your cover letter noticed - and read.
What to Include in the Letter
Your cover letter should be written as a formal business letter, whether it is sent as an attachment, via post or email. An attachment or posted letter should begin with your contact information, the date, and the hiring manager’s contact information. An email cover letter should include the referral in the subject line of the message.
Begin your letter with a salutation followed by the hiring manager’s name. Mention your referral in the first paragraph of your cover letter, with a brief explanation of your connection.
You can then mention what interests you about the position, and how you are qualified for the job. Make sure you thank the person for their time and consideration, and use an appropriate cover letter closing, followed by your signature and/or typed full name. In an email, your contact information would follow your typed name.
Here are examples of cover letters which mention that you were referred by a contact.
Cover Letter Example With a Referral
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Dear Mr. Maximillian,
I am writing to express my interest in the International Sales position open at Rubymax, Inc. I am very familiar with your products, and would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how I could help increase your International presence.
My colleague Joe Smith recommended that I contact you directly about this position. Joe and I have worked closely in the industry for many years, and he thought that I would be a good match for Rubymax.
My ten years of experience marketing widgets internationally have given me an overall knowledge of the business, directly applicable to your interest in increasing sales abroad.
In my previous position as International Sales Rep with ZQR Company, I successfully increased our revenue in each of my territories by over 50% within my first year. In the five years I spent at ZQR, I helped to establish sales bases in an additional five countries, while continuing to increase revenue in all.
Please take the time to review my resume. I believe that I am an excellent candidate for the position you have advertised, and would very much like the opportunity to meet with you discuss what I have to offer Rubymax, Inc. I truly appreciate your consideration.
Email Cover Letter With a Referral
Subject: Referred by Sloane Greene
Dear Ms. Future,
I am writing to you in regard to the position of billing manager that you have posted on your company website. I worked with Sloane Greene in the billing department of XYZ Enterprises for several years before taking a hiatus to raise my children.
When I mentioned I was returning to the workforce, she recommended I contact you about this position, as she felt that I would be an excellent fit for your organization.
At XYZ, I worked closely with Sloane to convert our billing system to handle the increase in sales volume the company was experiencing. I oversaw the seamless transition when our deliverables doubled in less than 6 months. I have successfully managed both small and large billing departments, but am most comfortable in an environment like that at your company. I feel that my experience would be an asset to Bright Enterprises, and would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you regarding the open position.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Employee Referral Cover Letter Sample
"It's not what you know, but who you know," as the saying goes and there's significant truth to that. Many companies encourage and reward their employees for referring job candidates. The fact is that hiring via referral is cheaper, faster and more effective than hiring through job sites or recruiting. Candidates who come recommended are often better qualified, more loyal and a better fit for the team.
It makes sense: if you were the hiring manager, would you rather interview a candidate with no connection to the company, or one that comes recommended by a current employee in good standing? The latter person is more likely to know what it’s like to work for the company – plus, the employee who referred them probably understands that their reputation is at stake. Most likely, they’d avoid referring someone who was less than qualified.
The Power of Using Employee Referrals in Your Cover Letter
Referred candidates are hired about two-thirds of the time, according to a survey from iCIMS, a talent solutions provider. It doesn't matter what type of position your contact holds, it's simply the connection and referral he makes for you.
Companies also believe that an applicant referred by an internal source will have a better chance of fitting in with the company and its culture and thus enjoy their work more.
More than half of employees make referrals. That same survey showed that 60 percent of employees have referred at least one person to an open job and 38 percent have referred multiple candidates.
Referrals from higher-ups seal the deal. Contact top executives as referrals for the best result. According to the survey data, 91 percent of referrals from someone at the director level were hired, versus 53 percent of hired referrals from an entry-level employee.
How to Write a Cover Letter Mentioning an Employee Referral
- Ask for a referral. This might seem obvious – of course you’ll ask for a referral before you name-drop a current employee in your letter! – but it’s important that your connection be clued in before you send your cover letter. Bottom line, you want them to be prepared to sing your praises when the hiring manager asks for their opinion. (Also: there’s always the chance that they’ll say no… or that they’ll advise you not to apply, for reasons that only an insider would know.)
- Give your referrer the details. And speaking of singing your praises, your contact can only do that if you let them know which job you’re applying for. Don’t assume that just because they work at the organization, they’ll know what the job entails. Share the job description, and match the requirements to your qualifications. This will give them some talking points to keep in their back pocket, in case they’re asked about you.
- Provide a copy of the cover letter. Forward your email or give your contact a physical copy of your cover letter, for their reference.
- Say thank you. Whether the employee is writing a referral letter or merely agreeing to be included in your cover letter, it’s important to say thank you. Send a thank-you note or email to let them know that you appreciate their help. They’ll appreciate the gesture and it will strengthen your connection.
Sample Employee Referral Cover Letter
Dear Ms. Green,
I am writing in reference to the position of Youth Counselor at the Sunnyside Group Home. I have the pleasure of being acquainted with one of the Counselors on your staff, Eleanor Seville. Eleanor and I did our undergraduate work together at Sunnyville University and have been in touch professionally and personally since then.
She let me know about the open position and recommended that I contact you.
I have been working with at-risk youths for 15 years, and have found the experience extremely rewarding. I have counseled young people with a variety of challenges, including family situations, drug use, eating disorders and behavioral issues. My experience makes me well suited to help the residents at Sunnyside learn and grow in a protected environment.
While I have experience in working with all ages, I believe that the adolescent population at your facility would benefit from the knowledge I gained during the past five years while working in Student Services at Sunnyville High School. I was recognized by the District as "Outstanding Teen Leader 2009" for the After-School Job Mentoring program I developed and implemented with the cooperation of several local businesses.
I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss what I have to bring to the position at Sunnyside. Thank you for reviewing my attached resume.
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