I am trying to find the point of contact at Crowdstrike in Austin, TX. There is a listing on the DOD Skillbrige website but no actual information other than a general description. I need more info about the internship before I can apply. Is it rude to ask for this information in LinkedIn? This is not the first Skillbridge opportunity I want to pursue that has had no contact information posted. Thank you.
Thank you all for your responses. I used what you gave me and was able to make a contact for the Skillbridge opportunity at Crowdstrike.
If you are hesitant to reach out to people on LI because you think it may be too invasive, you can at least use it to learn about contacts at the organization and then cold call them at their place of business (which by definition is work related). This can be calling the HR dept or the hiring manager (if you can figure out who that is), with an approach of something like "if you have a few free minutes, I'd love to learn a bit more about this role and whether it is a good match for me". Go into this having done as much research as you can, so you come with very good questions (not just asking things that can be found in the job desc or on their FAQ's). An example of this is "from looking at the job description I see that it is preferred to know XXXX software, I have used that software in this way, but I was wondering if this other experience would also be beneficial in this role".
A related approach is to reach out to people would could be future peers/co-workers asking something like "if you have a few free minutes, I'd love to learn more about what it is like to work for this company and in this specific role. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated". Again, come with well researched questions.
These approaches can also be used via LI, or email, or phone (as described).
LinkedIn is designed exactly for situations like this. Don’t hesitate to use LinkedIn to ask questions and to ask people to help you. While some people may ignore you all it takes is one person to decide to help, and that may be the key to your success at this endeavor.
Use LinkedIn to find people already working there and reach out to them. Ask them the process they used to get hired and ask them to help you navigate the hiring process and if they are willing, ask them to submit you as a referral. These activities require much more time on your part but in my opinion would greatly increase your chances for success. Good luck!
Making any contact can be difficult at any time, even more so during these tough times and added security, but the best approach can be asking for friendly help from whomever answers your requests. Asking for a hand is rarely refused and with your background of service certainly influences others to assist in any way possible.
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