Whom I Refer

Unemployment 2012 will come to an end on Monday. I finally got a job. In the last few days, I’ve been offered four other jobs. Naturally, I had to pass on all of them, which begs the question…


The universe works in funny ways. Since I couldn’t take four of the five jobs that’ve been offered to me, I’ve been in a position to recommend other people. Here’s a really simple breakdown of who I call (or email) when I know about a job opening:

First, it goes to the handful of PAs I’ve worked with before. Because these people are hardworking with sunny dispositions, they work a lot, so then I move down to the second tier – people I know, but haven’t worked with. This might be a friend’s brother-in-law or someone I know through the greatest blog in the universe. Again, they’re awesome people with good attitudes, so it’s no surprise that they’re usually working.

That’s where my effort ends. I NEVER call the third tier. They’re some combination of lazy, clueless, dim, or late. I can’t stick my neck out for someone if I can’t safely say that they’ll show up and do the work.

And then there’s the fourth tier – you all. If it’s a job where I don’t have to vouch, I’ll throw it up on the Job Postings page. Those kinds of jobs are few and far between, which is why the page is usually empty.

Before you start complaining to me about the injustice of not passing along every job opportunity to you, why don’t you chillax and take a deep breath? If your best chance at getting a job is an anonymous blogger whom you’ve never met, then you don’t have a chance at all.

Go out. Meet people. Work hard (for free, if necessary). Smile. Get into people’s Tier #1 and #2. Eventually, those people will be in a position to recommend you. The rest will take care of itself.

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4 Responses

  1. I will never help someone get a job unless I have worked with them and know how they work. Sometimes I’ll get someone a job if someone I know and trust says they’re a hard worker. When you recommend someone, your name is on the line. Someone you recommend fucks up… doesn’t look good for you.

  2. I’m not sure why, but it bothers me eevssxicely that The Hollywood Survival Guide cover has text written in Comic Sans. It’s considered the number 1 Do-not-use-professionally font there is.

  3. I have about the same tier system when it comes to referrals. The only addition is a a gold tier who are people I would refer in a heartbeat (or people who are on the top of my mind).

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