In the workplace, we are constantly looking for new ways to get ahead. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there and the competition is stiff. In order to stand out from the crowd, you need to find creative and innovative ways of getting noticed by your boss or future employer. One way that has been proven time and again as an effective strategy in landing a job at a company where you don’t know anyone is through referrals.
The power of referrals is undeniable. Bosses and hiring managers prefer to hire people who are referred to them personally because they know that the person has been vetted by another employee. Which leads them to believe that this candidate will be a good fit for their company culture.
With these stats in mind, it’s important for you as an applicant to find creative ways of getting noticed so that when your referral comes through, not only do you have the qualifications but also the personality traits needed by the hiring manager at his or her organization. Referral networking can be hard work if done incorrectly; it requires constant effort on behalf of both parties–the referrer and referral seeker.