I am grateful that I’m employed by a world-class corporation, recognized as one of the top places to work, however, I cannot, nor will I “hook you up” with a job. There is a proper way to approach employees of companies you are interested in working for and begging for a hook-up is not the way. Most larger corporations have recruiters whose singular job is to review the applications and resumes of qualified candidates who have taken the time to apply to openings so, no matter who you think you know in most larger companies; your application must still be reviewed by a recruiter or hiring manager. So instead of begging for a hook-up, here are a few helpful tips on how to request employment information from friends, family and employees of organizations.
- Request to know the hiring process – Instead of asking someone if they can get you a job, ask the person if they can tell you more about the hiring process at ABC Corporation. This way, you are striking up a conversation about your interest in working for the company instead of placing the burden on the employee to do the work for you.
- Do your own personal homework on the company – Your conversation with employees of the company you are interested in working for should be specific questions about details you are aware of based on your research or recent news about the company. Be prepared to ask questions that show you know about the company. For example, tell the employee how you admire the recent work they did in the community to assist flood victims. This shows you are not only aware of the company culture but share an interested in wanting to be a part of it.
- Be aware of the specific job you are interested in pursuing. Continuously check the website for current job postings and be prepared to tell the employee the exact job title and department you are pursuing. Don’t make the mistake of telling the employee, you’ll take any job that is open. For one, it’s not true and secondly, it proves to the employee you are not a serious candidate and probably won’t be a reliable employee if hired.
- Share why you are in genuinely interested in working for the company. If you have a personal or unique story related to the company, this is a great way to get the conversation flowing and could potentially lead to a personal referral.
- Be ready to share your most current and updated resume. I can’t tell you how may times I have asked job seekers for a copy of their resume and they immediately ask me to write it or update it for them. Here’s a tip: Search Google or Pinterest for popular resume styles and use templates to enhance your resume. Most employees don’t have the time nor want the responsibility of writing and editing your resume. Instead, send your best resume resume copy and ask the employee to let you know if there is anything else you can do to make yourself a more attractable candidate for the position you are applying. This way, you are putting the responsibility back on yourself to update your resume based on their recommendations.
- Be polite and respectful always. If you act a fool while asking someone about getting a job at the company they work for, more than likely they will be hesitant to refer you based on your current actions. Remember, you’ve put yourself on stage and in the spotlight when you ask for help with finding work. So if you are silly during your first encounter, more than likely you will show the same behavior in the workplace and current employees are not going to risk referring someone who could potentially damage their reputation by referring bad hires.