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Is this a reference? - August 8th 2010, 10:11 PM

Recently, I have been talking someone over facebook about a job on campus. I have never met this person before and I've been asking her about the job that she had. I asked her who I could contact about the job and she gave me the e-mail of the guy. Now, should I tell this guy that the girl referred me to him? Would this be sort of a reference? The thing is I don't want it to be because the girl doesn't know me very well and I don't want to put her in an uncomfortable position if the guy asks her about me.
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Re: Is this a reference? - August 8th 2010, 10:43 PM

I think what you would need to do is email this man and say you wanted to enquire about any vacancies he might have. He may then reply and say either yes or no. If there is a vacancy you will probably have to fill in an application form and provide references on that so I wouldn't worry about putting this girl in an awkward position if I were you

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Re: Is this a reference? - August 8th 2010, 11:36 PM

You don't need to mention her when you e-mail him because you don't know the girl and the girl doesn't know you, so there wouldn't be a need to include it. During the interview and filling out the application, it may ask for a reference so you could just say from an online source (i.e. "buddy on FaceBook told me who knows this person..."). Doubtful the employer cares who told you, they usually care where you heard it from as it could mean better advertising and such in that area.
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