There’s no question that employee referrals are the number one recruiting opportunity in any organization.

The retention, ease of hiring, and quality of hire that candidates acquired via referral recruiting bring are second to none, and it keeps current employees more invested and excited about working at their current company.However, there are many obstacles that come with sources of recruitment like an employee referral program. Getting employees involved can be challenging, and that can be due to employees feeling like they don’t really know how to find potential referral candidates. To the employee, trying to find a candidate can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack ” but they may not realize they already have the tools and resources to make that search easier than they’d ever imagine.

Here are five of the best employee referral recruiting sources that you can review with your employees as a way to help kickstart or revitalize your employee referral recruiting program:


Social Networks

With over 347 million users, LinkedIn is unquestionably the reigning champion for a professional social network. Starting with LinkedIn should be an unquestionable first step for any employee looking to find referrals, but why stop at LinkedIn? With many personal connections on social media sites such as Facebook, it doesn’t hurt to encourage an employee to think “outside the network” and see if there’s any friends making posts looking for work.

Getting Started with Your Social Recruiting Strategy

Alumni Associations

If an employee has attended a college or university, then they’ll likely have access to an alumni network of professionals both currently employed and looking for work. This is especially advantageous in the spring months when a slew of recent graduates will be looking for employment opportunities.

Social and Professional Groups

If an employee participates in some sort of recreational activity ” a member of a sports league, does weekly trivia on a team, volunteers ” or professional networking group then chances are there’s plenty of interactions going on with other people who could be looking for work. Encourage employees to see if anyone in those groups are looking for, or considering looking for, new employment opportunities.

Former Coworkers

If an employee has kept in touch with former coworkers who may be looking to change companies, why not have your employee refer them? Your employee will already know their former coworkers work ethic and can make a good initial judgment on whether or not they’ll fit with your organization, making it that much easier to go through the already easy hiring process. Just make sure your employee isn’t violating any non-solicitation agreements.

Previous Extracurricular Groups

While this may be a more non-traditional route, these sources for recruiting are viable one for many employees ” who won’t even realize just how helpful former clubs and organizations from college or university (such as Greek life, residence life, or one of many countless clubs on campus) can be to recruitment. This holds especially true for Greek life, which often has a separate alumni database so that a member can reach out to other members regardless of where they went to college.

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