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How to get a job referral at IBM India? + List of referrers
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Apr 28, 2024

How to get a job referral at IBM India? + List of referrers

Still searching for a IBM job? We have got you covered, learn how to get a job at IBM through the referral process (along with examples). We have also attached a list of existing IBM employees who are willing to give referrals.

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IBM stands at the forefront of innovation as a leading provider of global hybrid cloud, AI, and consulting expertise. With a presence in over 175 countries, IBM empowers their clients to leverage insights from their data, optimize business processes, lower costs, and gain a competitive edge in their respective industries. Through cutting-edge technologies and unparalleled services, IBM continues to drive transformation and create value worldwide.

Securing an Software Engineer role at IBM is highly sought after for Indian tech professionals. However, gaining entry into this position can be challenging. While the conventional approach involves applying directly through the IBM jobs portal, a more accessible and effective route is to obtain a referral from an existing employee.

In this article, we'll explore how you can leverage a referral to enhance your chances of landing a rewarding career opportunity within this tech powerhouse.

How to get a job at IBM?

Coming to the main question first, how to get into IBM. There are several ways of doing that. First go over to IBM careers page and scour through it and find the job you're looking for. You can check active jobs on their LinkedIn page as well. Apply to the job and wait for your resume to get shortlisted out of hundreds of resumes. 

But if you’re looking for a more effective and an expeditious way to land a job at IBM, you should consider following the referral process. This method entails asking current employees who can advocate for you within the company for a specific job role. The referral process is advantageous for three primary reasons: firstly, existing employees already possess credibility, so anyone they vouch for is likely to be viewed favorably. Secondly, if their referral doesn't meet expectations or leaves the company shortly after joining, it could affect their reputation within the company. Some companies have employee referral programs and employees get monetary incentives if their referral joins the company. Therefore, they have a vested interest in recommending candidates who are qualified and likely to succeed.

How to Get a Job Referral

Let’s talk about the process of how to get a referral at IBM. Here’s a step by step guide for it.

Finding a Potential Referrer

  • Open LinkedIn and dive deep into research mode. Read and research about the company, its culture, and its employees. 
  • Try to find if anyone in your friend circle/ acquaintances/ college alumni are currently working at IBM and reach out to them. 
  • You can install our chrome extension to cut through the manual process and see which of your 1st degree LinkedIn connections are connected to IBM. You can even ask them to provide a referral through a 1 click easy process.
  • Don’t sweat, if the above step doesn't work. You can check out job referral sites which have a curated list of people who have agreed to give referrals in their companies. We have made a list of IBM employees who have agreed to give referrals. You can check out a few of them below (install our extension to check the rest).
  1. Anupam Chakraborty- Currently working as AI Engineering - Lead at IBM | Previously worked in Doxel, Nutanix, Emc, Microsoft, Interra Systems, Alumnus Software, Siemens | College: IIEST Shibpur
  2. Arunkumar Nadikattu- Currently working as Full Stack Developer at IBM | Previously worked in Spotsense, Fiabilite Network Solutions Private Limited | College: Nova Semita, Gitam Deemed University
  3. Ashish Patel- Currently working as Sr. Aws Ai/Ml Solution Architect(Chief Data Scientist) at IBM | Previously worked in Cygnet Infotech, Apress, Prompt Softech, Softweb Solutions, Solaris Publication, Mantrasoft India | College: The Coding School, Silver Oak College Of Engineering Technology
  4. Atul Pal- Currently working as System Programmer at IBM | College: National Institute Of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (Trichy)
  5. Chhotu Soni- Currently working as Application Developer at IBM | Previously worked in Cognizant, Infosys | College: A Institute Of Technology, Haldia
  6. Jyothi Sb- Currently working as Application Developer at IBM | Previously worked in Dell, Soppnox Communication Media Pvt Ltd | College: Visveswaraiah Technological University
  7. Luve S.- Currently working as Senior Data Scientist - Advanced Analytics at IBM | Previously worked in Amex, Stmicroelectronics, NTPC, Hewlett Packard, Simple Labs | College: VIT
  8. Maulik Dodia- Currently working as Senior Android Developer at IBM | Previously worked in Simform, Jobsquare Network, Hyperkonnect Technologies, Techniche E Commerce Solutions, Iblazing IT Services | College: Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad
  9. Pooja Yadav- Currently working as Application Developer at IBM | Previously worked in Mercedes Benz, Vitronics Controls, Recktronic Devices And Systems Rds, Grind Master Machines Pvt. Ltd., Nanyang Technological University | College: Akarma Institute Of Technology, Pune
  10. Pradip Phopase- Currently working as Tech Lead at IBM | Previously worked in Capgemini, Experis/Manpower Group, Saber Softech Private Limited | College: Dr. D.Y. Patil Pratisthans Arts, Science & Commerce College, Pune
  11. Rajat Nigam- Currently working as Specialist Solutions Architect at IBM | Previously worked in Valuefy Technologies Pvt Ltd | College: Delhi Technological University, Delhi
  12. Rajesh D- Currently working as Security Consultant at IBM | Previously worked in Accenture, DXC Technology, Hyderabad City Crime Police, Techionary.Info | College: Guru Nanak Institutions Technical Campus
  13. Rohit D.- Currently working as Senior Technical Service Specialist at IBM | Previously worked in Cognizant | College: Sinhgad Institute Of Technology And Science, Pune
  14. Sangeeth Kumar V- Currently working as Senior Technical Consultant - IOT & Edge Computing at IBM | Previously worked in Racanaa Energy, Skylo Technologies, Amar Tech Bangalore, Peol Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Ellipsonic | College: Visveswaraiah Technological University
  15. Suraj Pai- Currently working as Senior Advisory Technical Services Specialist at IBM | College: PA College Of Engineering, Mangalore

  • Try to find people with whom you share a common interest with such as your ex- colleagues, college/ school mates, people from your hometown or people with mutual connections. If you don’t find anyone like that, try to find a mutual interest which you can talk about eg, interest in startups, finance or even anime.

You can also search potential referrers directly through LinkedIn

  • Search for IBM employees in the search bar and then filter them using connection, location and college filter. You can also navigate to the "People" tab on IBM’s LinkedIn page and search through the employees.
  • Remember to try to find people with maximum mutual interest and working in the same or similar role you want to apply for.

Crafting Your Request

  • Now that you've identified your potential referrers, it's time to prepare your approach. Remember, personalization is key here.
  • Start by researching the referrer's background and interests. 
  • Craft a LinkedIn message or email. 
  • Start with a brief greeting followed with an opening line using the shared interest (same college/ school, mutual connection/interest). 
  • Introducing yourself and explaining why you're reaching out. Be clear and concise about your intention, attach your resume and any relevant work sample.
  • Highlight how your skills and experience align with the job requirements and the company's goals and make it clear why you're a perfect fit for the role. Emphasize on how it would benefit both the organization and yourself. 
  • Don't forget to express your gratitude for their time and consideration.
  • Be patient about it and wait for at least a couple of days before sending a following up.
  • Be polite in case they refuse or don’t reply. Thank them for their time and make sure that you don’t burn the bridges. If they refuse, try to get their feedback and work on it.

You can check out sample examples of personalized referral requests below in this article.

Bonus Tip: Making it Easy for your Referrer

To make it easy for your referrer, consider providing a prefilled message that they can simply copy and send to the hiring manager. We have attached the template below.

Sharing the template below:

Hi [Hiring Manager],

I hope this email finds you well.

I'm writing to recommend [name] for the [role]. [name] and I worked at [company] together/ attended the same college and collaborated on various projects during our time there. He's demonstrated himself as a hard worker and a dedicated team player.

Sharing his contact details below:

Email: xyz@gmail.com

Phone: +91 xxxxxxxxxx

Resume:

Best regards,

[referrar]

Samples for asking for Job Referral:

Email sample for job referral: Reaching out to a college senior

Hi Anuj,

Hope you’re doing well.

I don't know if you remember me or not but I worked as a volunteer in your team in our annual college cultural fest. We worked directly in the stage play event when the judge canceled at the last minute and led to the whole event getting delayed, quite a fiasco it was.

I'm actually reaching out to you because I needed a small favor. I recently saw that a Software Engineer position has opened up at IBM and I'm interested in applying for it. Would it be possible for you to refer me for the same? I have 1.5 years of experience as a Fullstack Engineer at Weekday (a YC backed startup) and I believe my skills and experience align well with the requirements of the Software Engineer role at IBM.

I've attached my resume for your reference. If you're able to provide a referral or offer any advice on the application process, I would be incredibly grateful.

Thank you for considering my request. I truly appreciate your time and assistance.

I know that you’ll be submitting a referral in your internal portal but in case you’re going to mail the hiring manager you can use something like this.

Hi [Hiring Manager],

I hope this email finds you well.

I'm writing to recommend Amit Singh for the Software Engineer role. Amit and I attended the same college and collaborated on various projects during our time there. He's demonstrated himself as a hard worker and a dedicated team player.

Sharing his contact details below:

Email: xyz@gmail.com

Phone: +91 xxxxxxxxxx

Resume:

Best regards,

Anuj

Warm Regards

Amit

Phone: +91 xxxxxxxxxx

Sample of how to ask for referral on LinkedIn: Reaching out to a person with mutual connection

Dear Anuj,

Hope you’re doing well.

I got your reference from Akhil. I believe you guys went to college together. He is an ex colleague of mine, we worked briefly together at Weekday before parting ways.

I'm actually reaching out to you because I needed a small favor. I am actively looking for a new job and saw that a Software Engineer position has opened up at IBM. I wanted to see if it would be possible for you to refer me for it? I have 4 years of experience in a similar role at a YC backed startup. I believe I possess the technical skills and relevant experience required for this role.

Attaching my resume for your reference. If you're able to provide a referral or offer any advice on the application process, I would be incredibly grateful.

Thank you for considering my request. I truly appreciate your time and assistance.

Warm Regards

Amit

Phone: +91 xxxxxxxxxx

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