So, you’ve decided to start job hunting—now what? Maybe you found a posting online for your dream job. Or maybe your cousin’s best friend’s step-father works for a company that you really want to work for, too. How do you get an “in”? What will it take to get your resume to the top of the pile? What you need is a referral! A good referral can be the difference between landing an interview or getting the dreaded “we’ve decided to go with another candidate” rejection email.
Asking for a referral can be a daunting task. Usually, the people who are best positioned to refer you are the people on the fringes of your social and professional networks. Asking them for a referral can feel like you’re asking for too big of a favour from someone you don’t know very well. But some of the best networkers will tell you that if you want to get ahead, you need to reach out to these outlying professional connections!
Use Your Network
It’s easier than you think—a quick search through your LinkedIn contacts or asking around your professional network will reveal that you already have connections in some of your favourite companies, or fields of employment. The next step is to establish contact with them. Reach out to an alum of your alma mater who works at a company you’re interested in or invite an acquaintance in your field of interest out for a coffee and ask them to refer you for a job opportunity in their companies. Highlighting this professional connection in your application or cover letter will help your application stand out to hiring managers.
Refeb Can Help!
Getting a referral is even easier when you use Refeb. Refeb helps you land referrals for job openings by connecting you with employees at the companies you’re interested in—you get a referral, and they get a sweet referral bonus! These connections allow you to learn more about the position and the company culture. This will serve you in your interview and help you to stand out from the competition. Getting a referral has never been easier when you use Refeb!