Why You Should Think Twice Before Referring “Friends” For a Job

July 4, 2012  |  

Do They Really Want to Work and What Are The Reasons They Want A Job With You?

I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people who want to work jobs for the sake of working with people they like, gaining a discount of some sort, or just because they hate their job at the moment. While that’s all good and dandy, that doesn’t necessarily equal a good worker. Have they stated that they want a position at your company because they have an interest in A, B, C, and D, or because they really just want to be put on and move to something new they think will be glamorous for a bit? If they don’t talk about advancing with the company and make it seem like “Yeah girl, I just need a new job,” you might want to think twice before you go out on a limb for them.

Do You Trust Them Like That?

Seriously, do you REALLY know them like that? While you’ve worked your way up at your job and done so by working harder than hard, they might come into your place of employment and be a drama queen (or king) and show their lazy a**. A good friend that you can trust will hopefully think twice before slacking off and not giving a damn since they know you went out of your way to put a good word in for them, but a random associate who you thought was nice isn’t someone you should consider putting on. Especially if you know the first time you heard from them after a long period of time is when they congratulated you about your new job via Facebook, and then asked you to put them on months later.

And Of Course…How Is Their Work Ethic?

If you try and recommend a friend who you know spends most of their time nodding off at their desk, arguing with customers or showing up 30 minutes after their shifts start on a consistent basis, you’re a fool. Some people aren’t serious about working hard and getting themselves together so it might be best to allow that friend to go on their own quest for a job and to find a field that works and fits for them. If you give them a short cut, and they wind up having your boss come at your head, you will regret it later. But then again, if you knew beforehand that they rarely if ever take anything seriously when it comes to a 9 to 5 and you recommend them anyway, you can only blame yourself.

Good luck!

Ever recommended a “friend” and they made you regret it?

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