job searchWe know this situation all too well.

You have a friend or former colleague who’s — how shall we put this? — not exactly the cream of the crop. They ask you to help them get a foot in the door at your current company and you’re not exactly sure how to handle it.

After all, your gut is saying to stay away because your name will be associated with the candidate. Then again, you don’t want to be rude to your friend. This piece on AOL Jobs should help steer you in the right direction.

1. Agree to help your friend but don’t go all out. That is, make a lukewarm referral. As suggested in the piece, “Even just passing along the resume puts you in the position of helping a non-qualified person access your employer, and you could look bad if it does not work out. Choose this option at your own risk and keep in mind: a lukewarm referral may do more harm than good.” Read more