There are quite a few tools job seekers can use to land the job they want. A great job search strategy can help you identify the right job. A great resume can get your foot in the door. Great interview prep can help you impress employers and get you closer to a yes, especially if you can differentiate from other candidates.
But the most effective job search tool is a great referral.
Employers love referrals. Candidates who are hired through a referral tend to be higher quality employees, a better fit for the job, faster to hire, and more loyal to the company. A joint study from Jobvite and The Salary Reporter found that:
Here are some tips on how you can get great referrals and exponentially increase your chances of being hired for the job you want.
Whether or not you're currently on the job market, you should never stop networking. Making professional connections and nurturing those relationships is the best way to expand your referral options. The more people you know, the better your chances of having a personal introduction to the right company, at the right time.
You should also keep your networking options wide open, and network with everyone you can--even if you don't think they have a connection you can use. Nearly half of the companies surveyed by Jobvite reported hiring through referrals from vendors, customers, alumni, and other external sources.
In today's digital-focused world, the majority of referrals and networking connections are made online rather than in person. Attending conferences can be a great networking activity, but the number of opportunities are limited and keeping in touch with those connections is questionable. It's easier and more effective to build relationships online.
If you do nothing else, make sure you're active on LinkedIn. The largest professional social network has built-in features to help you get referrals, and most of the conversation is centered around careers. Don't just put up a profile and hope that people will notice you--join professional groups in your industry, participate in conversations, and connect with industry influencers so you're positioned to ask for referrals as needed.
Staffing agencies are powerful resources for direct referrals. For recruiters who work at staffing agencies, their salaries depend on successful placements of quality candidates--so a large part of their job involves developing reliable reputations with employers. Candidates who are referred through a staffing agency receive top priority treatment, and faster consideration than candidates who submit resumes cold.
Recruiters at staffing agencies work to place the right candidate with the right job, and a great staffing agency can give you the coveted referral you need to get hired.
Clearpoint is a staffing agency for jobs in information technology, marketing, creative, and other professionals. We do business by building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with our employees and clients.