Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: Do you really want to refer your friend?

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The truth is that people don’t make recommendations anymore. When was the last time you ever made a recommendation for a good hairdresser, a restaurant or a doctor? Or anything, for that matter?

If you want to do a good deed, refer your friend to a trusted recruiter. A recruiter has as much at stake as you do. The recruiter’s reputation is on the line, every time they present a candidate. Work with a legal recruiter who is highly regarded with a track record of successfully placing candidates in firms where all parties are served.

“Your friend may not be the ‘best fit’ for the position. Think about what could go wrong? Don’t do it. It’s not worth it.”— Shari Davidson President On Balance Search legal recruit services.

Do you really know why your friend wants to make a move? Why are they looking in the first place? Is your friend’s motivation because their current firm has a toxic work environment? Are they being asked to leave by their current firm? Do you know what your friend’s track record is at work? Do you have and know all the facts? Believe me, I doubt it.

Referring a friend may present a potential conflict of interest at the firm. “Referrals can get messy, it’s not the best way to help your current firm.” — Shari Davidson. What if it all backfires and things go terribly wrong? A poor referral could leave others to begin questioning your judgment. Or commitment to the firm.

Think before you refer your friend where you work:

  • Don’t take unnecessary risks with your career. Your reputation is everything. It’s all you got.
  • Why would you gamble on anyone other than yourself? Even the best, don’t always measure up!
  • What if they wind up outperforming you? Did you see that coming? Do they have your back?
  • Are you part of the strategic planning process of the firm? Do you really know what is going on? Could the partners be downsizing, is your job on the line? Simply, there is no upside to this.
  • Finally, do you want to jeopardize your friendship?

You are taking on unnecessary risk when you refer someone? You cannot afford to put ‘your reputation’ on the line. It’s complicated. See things from your friend’s point of view. It’s who you know and how you work it.

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