If you were to ask a group of random employers what is their best source of 'great employees,' the largest percentage of them would say referrals. Referrals are typically those hires that are sent to them through current or former employees of the company, friends of employees or through community organizations. This is the same at TeleTech. The largest percentage of TeleTech new hires come from the group of people that have been referred into work at TeleTech, especially by current employees, than from any other single resource.
Why do referrals work for businesses?
Referrals tend to be a great resource for employers for a variety of reasons. The two primary reasons that it works is:
How Can You Get Referred?
Armed with the knowledge that a majority of employers tend to look favorably upon candidates that are referred into them, how can you benefit from this knowledge? Through networking. Some think of networking as going to a business after hours and shaking hands or to a professional meeting. This is a part of it, but there is so much more. And those that learn to effectively use their network, will score more interviews and ultimately a stronger position.
Networking in its simplest form is just talking to other people and learning ways that you might be able to benefit them (either today or in the future) and that they might be able to benefit you. Every one of us already has a network, though some are larger than others. Your first level network consists of all the people that you know. This can include friends, family members, teachers, community members that you might come into contact with, and more. Your second level network is all of the people that they know and so on. Social media has expanded this even further to include anyone within several degrees of your 'friends' or 'connections.'
What's the best way to utilize your network?
The most common mistake with those that are networking for their next job is to just reach out and let everyone know that you may be looking for a job. While you certainly want to market that to your friends and family, this does not help your network help you. It is in our nature as humans to want to help our fellow man. So make it easy for your network members to help you.
Here's some simple steps to getting referred into your next employer.
Remember, your network can help you get noticed. The rest is up to you.