Networking: Returning the Favor

Networking: Returning the Favor
Networking: Returning the Favor
In this day and age, your extensive network probably played an important role for you as you landed your first job. Reflect upon your experience searching for a job after you finished college. Who helped you get you where you are? For many recent college graduates this is a long list. It often includes friends, family members, professors, job counselors, and basically anyone you trusted to help you through this difficult time. When you finally land your first job, it is important that you return the favor. Remember how good it felt when you were offered that job? It made the people who helped you get there also feel great. Now it is your turn.

Once you establish yourself at your new job (a process that typically takes a few weeks or months), you can start looking out for new positions that need to be filled. In this current job market, you are sure to know some people that need help finding a job. Before you go offering jobs to all of your friends, do some research about the position or positions available. Make sure that the person you have in mind is qualified. The last thing you want to do at a relatively new job is stick your neck out on the line for a buddy that does not fit in the company.

It may even be helpful to mention something to your boss or hiring manager before announcing to your pal that you have the dream job for him or her. Your boss will be able to tell exactly what the company is looking for in a new hire. You can describe your friend and his or her background to see if your boss thinks there might be a fit for him or her at the company. This way you are more confident about referring your friend to the company.

Many companies offer a referral bonus to their employees. Basically, if you refer someone to the company and he or she is hired, then you receive some compensation. The person you referred usually has to last at the company at least six months before you receive any sort of money. This bonus is simply that – something extra. The real reward comes by helping someone land a job. Chances are good that you went through some trying times looking for employment. If you can help someone get to where you are, then it is a win-win situation.
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