Employers love hiring referrals; as they:
1) Are typically a better quality.
2) Are a faster time to fill: Employee's hired through employee referral are hired 55% faster than those who came through a career site. *
3) Stay longer: not only does it take a shorter length of time to hire a qualified candidate via employee referral, those hired stay longer. 46% of employee referrals stay for three years or more while only 14% of those hired from job boards stayed. *
If the above statements are true, referrals sound like the better investment to an employer, right? A referral has a better understanding of the company and the responsibilities of the position. And if the referral is coming from a solid employee, employers will trust that birds of a feather flock together.So how can you become this referral? You probably already are. I’m sure you have a friend indeed.
1) Social networking- LinkedIn is a great way to link back up with a lost friend, old work acquaintance or college buddy. Find out if they work for a company that you are interested in, or find if their company is hiring.
2) Networking- Go to networking events. They may have access to job opportunities. Who knows, you may meet a new friend.
3) Join a Professional Organization- May professional organizations have exclusive job opportunities or they may know someone to put you in contact with. You can even join online network organizations on LinkedIn.
So, get out a pen and pad and start brainstorming ways to network and reach out to friends. Let the job search begin!
For more help with becoming a referral, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.