Creative or Overbearing Job Search Tactic: You Decide!

It’s no secret that the job market is flooded with qualified professionals who are eager to work. Earlier today I received an interesting email from a first level LinkedIn contact who is currently in the job search. Receiving an email like this is not unusual given my profession, however, this particular communication caught my attention.

Hello – You are receiving this email because you are on my first level of LinkedIn connections. I am looking for a new career opportunity and I’d like to ask for your help to reach beyond my network to find it. I am offering a reward of $250 to the person that finds me the job I land as an expression of my gratitude for your help. Just refer me to an opening, introduce me to the hiring manager, or get my foot in the door somehow and when I land the job you get the $250 reward.

Creative or Overbearing Job Search Tactic?

With the current market, I ask, is $250 really enough? Done correctly, an email like this could really make an impression to someone you network with virtually that you may not have had a personal face to face relationship with. Readers, what are your thoughts? How are you using your social media networks while in the job search? Leave your comments below.

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

Reader Interactions


  1. Anonymous says

    A few days ago, I met someone who’s offering $500 to the person whose lead turns into the job. And, the person who’s offering this “thank you gift” is very actively helping others secure employment by putting on networking events. She was also helpful to me when I reached out to her through LinkedIn and she helped me prep for an interview. That’s priceless. Businesses pay referral fees, so why not?

  2. ReRe says

    i don’t know if $250 is enough, but i do think offering a finders fee is a great idea!


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