How do you reach out to someone within your network you're not that close with?
I recently applied for a job and noticed that someone within my LinkedIn network works for the company I applied to. This person and I were just classmates and maybe talked once or twice, I don't even think they remember.
But, we are connected and I wanted to reach out about my application and how I haven't heard back in 2+ weeks.
Would it still be ok to reach out? If so what exactly should I say since we were just classmates and not really friends?
I agree with the previous answer that you should try following up directly with the company but I also think it’s a great idea to try reaching out to this other person in your network. People reach out to their LinkedIn connections all the time. I’d recommend you remind them how you knew each other by including the name of the school where you were classmates and let them know that you’re interested in a position at their company and are wondering if they have any contacts in HR. Sometimes companies also have referral programs, so it may be to your former classmate’s benefit to help connect you to the right people. Additionally, reconnecting with this classmate may allow you to get tips about interviewing and hear more about the company from a current employee, which will be extremely helpful if you move forward in the recruiting process. Best of luck!
I think it's a great idea to reach out to your old classmate and ask them how they like the company and position that they are in. You can let them know you are in the process of applying, but they probably won't have too much information on your application status since that information is generally pretty confidential with HR.
Best of Luck!