It may seem simple to put in a good word for a friend. Recommending a friend could help your career, but it could also do some serious damage. Consider these possible outcomes of having a friend as a coworker before you put your name on the line.
McMaster University communications studies professor Alexandre Sévigny explains the importance of having an “in” with your professors so you can get to know them, so they can provide career advice and industry contacts, and so you can ultimately ask them for a reference letter.
I never considered grad school and didn’t make an effort to stay in touch with my profs when I graduated. But I recently found myself getting in touch with them so I could apply and I was terrified they wouldn’t remember my name, let alone my contributions to their class.
Topics in this week’s Friday Finds include: How to get a job with no experience in a recession. Recession survival tips for the Class of 2009. How to deal with reference checks. 10 tips for moving out of the dorm. It’s officially summer (well, for post-secondary students) so get out and enjoy the sunshine!