Whenever I search for a job, my father always gives me a lecture about “connections.” He explains that most jobs are filled by people who already have some connection to the company. Someone within the company tells their boss about a friend or family member who would be great for a job opening, and they end up getting it.
“That’s just the way it works,” he says.
I took his advice, and it helped me land a decent job during college. Part of me is uncomfortable with the idea because it feels a little dishonest, almost like cheating. And I can’t help but wonder that the reason my boss did not seem to like me much during that job was because I used a family connection to get it.
That said, if a hiring manager trusts the employee that is recommending someone, there is no reason why this can’t be a solid method to hire an employee. Which makes it a great way to get a job.
A new site called Jobirn claims to make this whole process very simple. They call themselves the “insider referral network.” The site offers a place for employers and job applicants to connect over instant messaging and video conferencing.
Watching the intro video and exploring the site a bit did not leave me very impressed. The only aspect of the site that seems to set it apart from other job finding sites is that it provides a platform for video conferencing, allowing employers to conduct interviews over the Internet. How exactly you connect with company “insiders” is not explained clearly.
The site also does not seem to be very heavily used. However, it is in the beta stage – so I suppose that can be forgiven. If you’ve unsatisfied with every other job site and think that video conferencing is the missing link between you and that dream gig, go ahead and try it out. Otherwise, the lack of traffic through the site will make finding a job difficult for the time being.
This is a guest post by Steven Krager.