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EP 1758 A viewer was curious about whether it was OK to refer someone to a recruiter even though they, themselves, were not interested in the job.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for and I coach people professionally. If you're interested in my helping you find work, not as a recruiter, but as a coach who's going to help you perform well. extremely well every step along the way, reach out to me through linkedin at Mention that you saw this video and after we connect, then contact me about coaching.

Now, the question I received from someone is, "is it okay to refer someone to a recruiter after turning down an opportunity from them?" I'm not gonna beat around the bush. The answer is Yeah! What is a recruiter hired to do? A recruiter is hired to fill a position. You may not be interested in what they have to offer, but you're helping them by referring your friend to them, by referring your former colleague or your colleague to them. It's a good thing. They will appreciate it.

Now, if you just referring some piece of spam to them, you know, I'll just give an example that always happened with me. . . The person who I contact for the manager or director role, referring the person who is not a manager or director, a person, but aspires to be that. They're not going to fill that job. Another example used to be the, you know, I'm trying to hire a developer and I'm getting a business analyst referred to me, two completely different functions, right?

Once you've heard about the position, you have a roadmap for the job, and you can say to them, "tell me a little bit more. I'm not interested but I may know someone. They may go into it a little bit more detail, ask another follow up question or two for them, because that's going to let them know that you're trying to really think about it.

And then, you know, say to them, "I want to send you someone's name and number. I'm going to message them now. And I'm going to include you in the message. So just reply all, so that I know you've gotten back and gotten in touch with them. And they'll know that I'm the frame of reference for the introduction. And after that, you can take me out of the loop and it just lets me know that I've made the referral. You've replied back and it's all being handled, okay?" It's just . . . Yes, they want referrals from people because referrals are often in the recruiters mind, a good source for a client, because a person who they believe to be qualified for the role is referring someone else who understands what the role might be.

Again, don't give them spam referrals. Don't give them garbage referrals. There has to be something valid for the role or another role that they're recruiting for otherwise, you're just wasting your time, you look very foolish.

So, I hope you found this helpful. Again, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. If you're interested in my coaching you into your next role, or you're looking for advice, or help with a salary negotiation, or you'd like me to critique your resume and your LinkedIn profile, message me, again, through LinkedIn. Connect to meet with me first, then send me a message through the LinkedIn messaging service. I'd be happy to to help you.

Hope you have a great day and take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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