A San Francisco startup, Top Prospect, pays $10,000 to $20,000 if you recommend a friend who gets hired by one of its Silicon Valley tech clients.
According to this Business Insider article, the site posts jobs from 47 companies and that many of the positions are really hard to fill. Rather than pay a recruiter to find the perfect hire, the site pays friends and colleagues, who might have a better idea of the perfect candidate. It has fees of $1.5 million up for grabs.
Apparently some desperate job seekers, too, are paying up to $10,000 to anyone who will hook them up with a job opportunity that leads to employment. But Peter Weddle of job site weddles.com thinks that's a really bad idea. He says those job candidates instead should spend the money on updating their skills.
He says those already in a job, too, need to be seen as "ultra qualified" and that there's always something new to learn.
On top of that, it's important to make known that you're pursuing more education or training. A job seeker can add it to a resume, while someone already on the job can use a performance review or one-on-one with the boss to make it known. Weddle writes:
... it's not only important but appropriate that your supervisors and peers know that you're engaged in continuous self-improvement. It ensures that they don't mistakenly put the wrong person in a key new assignment or job because they aren't aware that you have the qualifications to do it and do it well.