The Preferred Method Of Landing A Job


Businessman offering for handshakeIf you were to ask recruiters the method they prefer to source candidates, what do you think the response would be? You may think of job fairs, company websites, or career sites like Indeed. All these options are used but, the number one preferred source is referrals. Nearly 74 percent of recruiters surveyed by Recruiting Trends said the best quality candidates came from employee referrals. Not only do the best come from referrals, they are also the number one source of new hires according to the CareerXroads 2014 Source of Hire report.

How do recruiters get referrals? Social media is a big player in the world of employee referrals. Gerry Cispin, principal and co-founder of CareerXroads, says “It’s hard to imagine that a social connection isn’t involved.” Recruiters work directly and indirectly with social media. Recruiters find candidates when employees share job postings on their personal social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Recruiters can also gather indirect referrals by tapping into the employees’ network of connections.

Why is this important? If you know what is important to a recruiter, you will know how to prioritize your job seeking activities. Since we know employee referrals are valuable to recruiters, you should spend considerable time building your network.

How do you get referred? You can begin by asking your network who they can introduce you to. You can also search social media sites yourself to find employees in your preferred organizations. The ideal is to meet the employee in person, but if not possible, you can ask to be connected on the employee’s social media of choice. If the employee posts an opening, you can apply and can ask to be referred. Even if no positions are posted, you may still be visible to a recruiter indirectly as part of the employee’s network of contacts.

Finding a job is tough, but it can be easier if you seek to be referred. I am reminded of a quote by Robert Kiyosaki that sums the concept up easily. He said “The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work.”

Stacy Harshman, founder of Your Fulfilling Life, brings her experience as a recruiter for a Fortune 500 corporation to her work as a career coach. In addition to helping people discover their passions, she also provides clients with insight into the mind of a recruiter, unlocking the secrets of what employers look for in potential employees. Stacy offers individual and group coaching in person and by phone to those seeking positive change in their professional lives.
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