Modern Etiquette: The Power of Referrals

Tue Apr 2, 2013 5:19am EDT
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By Pamela Eyring

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attention job seekers! One of the best ways to get your foot in the door for a job interview is to get a job referral, or two.

And it doesn't stop there: according to, one of the web's top sites for job searching, "Referrals are the #1 source of hires in corporate America today. And, recent research shows that 'referral' hires not only stay in their jobs longer but that they perform better over the long term."

If you're new at asking for a referral, or if you're unsure if you're using the correct approach, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Use your mouse.

A good place to start looking is by going online and using LinkedIn.

Search by company name, then click on the company you're interested in. You'll see a list of contacts in your network who may be able to help.

Try a soft touch.

If your current employer knows you're job hunting, ask and ask early but don't come on like gangbusters. A gentle approach is often best and you don't have to wait for your next in-person meeting. The important thing is to ask, so feel free to get started by sending an email or bringing it up during a phone call.   Continued...

Job seekers adjust their paperwork as they wait in line to attend a job fair in New York February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson