Requesting referrals from Alumni is a recruiting strategy that many companies don’t use. The ones that do, however, see it as very valuable method for filling open job positions.
Template for referral request from alumni
Dear [Alumni Name],
I hope this message finds you well. I am reaching out to you today because I am interested in pursuing a career in [field/industry], and I understand that you have a wealth of experience in this area.
As an alumnus/alumna of [University Name], I know that you share a deep connection to our institution and are committed to supporting the next generation of [professionals/leaders/innovators] who will emerge from our community. With this in mind, I would be grateful if you could refer me to any opportunities or contacts that might be relevant to my career aspirations.
Specifically, I am looking for [internship/job] opportunities in [city/region], and I believe that your network and expertise could be invaluable in helping me to achieve my goals. I would be happy to provide you with my resume or any additional information you may need to make an informed recommendation.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.