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Referring My Friend to My Company

Savvy Confessions: Not Too Keen on Friend Working in My Company

This post was shared in our Savvy Confessions group by a reader who is reluctant to work with a pal because the situation might feel awkward.

A friend of mine, whom I just met, wants me to pass along her resume to my company and put in a good word for her. Don't get me wrong, I really like her and we really hit it off when we first met, but I just feel a little weird working so closely with her. A major part of it is that she will be working under me — the position she applied for is entry level because she's switching industries and doesn't have the experience for a higher position. I just feel weird managing someone who is older than me. What would you do in this situation? Pass along her resume and tell her you'll put in a good word for her?

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Emily-Co Emily-Co 5 years
Something similar happened to me. It's not that I didn't want to refer, but I just didn't know him and he asked for referral. I realized that more often than not, the person just wants a job. I had to explain to him what this job actually entails and asked him to think about if the job will get him where he wants to be in five years. There will also be a lower chance of him getting his dream job (which is in a totally different field) if he's stuck in my industry. Why don't you talk to your friend to see if that really is the case? Does she really want that position? Sounds like she's jumping around a lot from industry to industry so like seems like she's not sure of what she wants. She's also a bit quick to ask you to refer her too, so maybe she's just looking for a job. If it's not something she really dreams of doing, it will kind of be a waste of time. I think it will probably make you more comfortable with recommending her if you find out that she truly, truly wants that position. And if she's qualified, it'll be a win for you to manage a passionate individual who will do a good job. Sounds like you will also have a say in the final hiring, and I'm sure there are plenty of other candidates to consider as well. May the best job candidate win!
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