A friend’s recommendation can go a long way.


This probably isn’t the most polite way of asking for a job! Yet, asking is important in the job search process. Yes, use your friends! The tasks of finding a job, submitting a resume, and then waiting and following up, aren’t the most pleasant. It doesn’t happen with the snap of a finger. And hiring trends are continually changing. Big companies like Ernst & Young, an accounting firm, are increasingly using their own workers to find new hires. This does save time and money for the company, but it lengthens the odds of job seekers without connections, especially those who have been out of employment for quite a while.

This doesn’t mean that Ernst & Young doesn’t look at every resume, “but with a referral from a current employee, that will put you in the express lane,” says Larry Nash, director of experienced and executive recruiting at Ernst & Young.

Take a look at this article from the New York Times and see what industry experts are saying. Here’s one more piece of insight from Nash that should make you want to read the rest of this article:”Indeed, as referred candidates get fast-tracked, applicants from other sources like corporate Web sites, Internet job boards and job fairs sink to the bottom of the pile.”

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