A few months ago, I had a few questions about possible career paths within my industry. One of my acquaintances put me in touch with one of his connections (I'll call him Joe), who is an expert in the industry. (I'm a junior level employee with 1.5 years of experience).
I had a great phone conversation with Joe which was super helpful for me. After that conversation, we connected on LinkedIn, but haven't had any interaction with since then.
My boss recently told us that he's looking to hire a senior manager within our department, and (based on what I know about Joe) I think Joe would be a great fit and an amazing asset to the company. However, I'm not sure what proper etiquette is since I don't have any history with Joe other than that one conversation.
I've posted about the job on LinkedIn already, but it's possible Joe didn't see it (since I've never seen any interaction from him on LinkedIn). As far as I know, Joe is not looking for a new job. (He seemed quite happy with his position when we talked on the phone).
- Is it acceptable to reach out directly to him by forwarding him my post & asking if he's interested?
- Does it matter that I have never actually met Joe in person or worked with him?
- Is it better to reach out to our mutual contact & ask him if he thinks Joe would be interested?
- If Joe is interested, can I refer him even though I don't truly know him?