Job Search Referrals
Ask around for job recommendations and referrals when looking for your next job.
When I first moved to Austin, I needed to find a dentist. So I asked my co-workers and friends. Who do you use? After talking to a few people, I found one who was in my area, covered by my insurance, and well-regarded by multiple co-workers. And they’ve been great–which is especially valuable to me since I’m afraid of going to the dentist!
These jobs may not be the best one for your skill set…or the best paying…or even the best company. They’re simply the most visible. Perhaps ABC Dentistry is going to treat me and my smile right, but I’d feel a whole better about it if someone I knew recommended them as opposed to them just popping up in my Facebook feed.
Ask for Job Referrals and Recommendations
Are you looking for work? If so, call up your friends and colleagues (past or present) to ask them:
- Do you know anyone who is hiring?
- Can you get me in touch with someone to discuss the job and the organization?
- What kinds of organizations in the area could use my unique skills?
Then seek to build relationships with each new person you meet and ask them these same questions. This core to your networking strategy!
Most people want to help you. Even if they can’t think of any job referrals right now, they may help you keep an eye out for future opportunities.