Should I Ask for a Referral Bonus from a Recruiter?

I don’t like the person I would be referring but isn’t this what recruiters do and they are paid for it.


No, it is not the same thing the recruiters do. You’ve done one small part of the recruiting job–you know someone. Whoopey! You know how many other parts there are? Of course you don’t

The job of being a recruiter is not just simply taking the name and going to the client and saying, “here. This person is perfect. Them and send me a check.”

There are so many more details the going to be a successful recruiter that you don’t have a clue about! So I want to dispel that notion that, just because you know someone, you should be entitled to a fee.

Now, the maker of the first part where you ask whether you should ask for a referral bonus. Let me ask you a question. When you refer someone to a doctor, are you asking for a referral bonus from them? How about a lawyer? An insurance agent? Plumber? Certainly US for a referral bonus for a plumber. How about a restaurant. Certainly you do that with a restaurant!

But you want to do with the recruiter. You want to hold them up.

Now I’m sure they’re going to be many comments from people who believe that you should ask them for money but would never think of asking the doctor, lawyer, insurance agent, plumber or a favorite restaurant for money.

I’m sure you are told by people, “why not? They are getting so much money from their fee.”

And I have to tell you, folks, you have no idea what goes into the job – – how much heartache and agony they experience in their job that you are clueless about.

There are some awful recruiters and some tremendous ones. Why can’t they are living without you sticking your hand in your pocket?

You’ll do that with all these other people that you have a bug up your butt about recruiters and want to punish the one who reached out to you for this job or maybe who helped you find the job and punish them for the mistreatment you receive from someone else.

Stop it.

Be generous. Be patient.

I don’t like the person I would be referring but isn’t this what recruiters do and they are paid for it.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

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