September 4, 2001
'Find an Original' and pocket some CA$H
Wynell Lauver is communications consultant for Human Resources
Since Emorys CA$H employee referral program was implemented two
years ago, more than 500 successful referrals have been hired within the
University and hospitals. To continue the momentum, the program has been
expanded to encompass all five entities: Emory University, Emory Hospitals,
the Emory Childrens Center, the Emory Clinic and Wesley Woods Center.
A new name, Find an Original, has been coined for this word-of-mouth
It was word of mouth that brought Chicago native Theresa Simmons to Emory
12 years ago. A friends aunt worked at Emory and suggested
I apply here, Simmons said. I started as a secretary in Emorys
police department. Even though I have a computer science degree, once
I had a taste of law enforcement, I decided to switch careers, go to the
academy and became a police officer. Im now an officer in crime
Because of the growth opportunity she has found, Theresa readily recommends
Emory to everyone she knows. I tell people that even though you
may start out with a little lower pay, you can quickly catch up,
she said. There are so many opportunities hereopportunities
to advance, opportunities to increase your income.
Indeed, it was growth opportunityand word of mouththat brought
Tangy Toliver here just a year ago. By referring Toliver, Simmons pocketed
nearly $250 and helped Emory find an original.
Theresas sister and I were roommates, Toliver said.
At the time, I was temping at another company where I was about
to accept a full-time position when Theresa told me about Emory. She introduced
me to Donna Crabb, [program development coordinator in employment]. There
were several opportunities for which I qualified, but the one I was most
interested in was a secretarial position with information technologies
services in the School of Medicine.
Three days after my interview, I was offered the job, Toliver
continued. On my first day, I walked into a department that had
only a telephone and one computer. There was no staffjust
me, my boss and one director. Since then, weve grown from four to
20 in just a year! Its provided a wonderful environment for me to
enhance my IT skills. Ive chosen desktop support, which is the first
of many paths I want to explore.
The referral process is easy. Look for posters featuring the referral
forms that must be completed and stapled to an applicants resume
or application. The forms also are available in Human Resources.
If you refer a candidate, you will receive $250 (before applicable
taxes) if the candidate is hired and remains in the position for at least
Select clinical positions and/or position categories carry a $500
(before applicable taxes) referral bonus if the candidate is hired. These
include registered nurses (all job classes), pharmacists (all job classes),
clinical nutritionists, laboratory technologists, Cyto techs, radiology
technologists, nuclear cardiology, cardiac cath techs, medical records
coders and respiratory therapists.
Employees are a great source for identifying good candidatesmany
of our best candidates heard about us from an Emory employee, said
Del King, director of employment services. Offering a referral bonus
is our way of showing appreciation.
An employee can refer as many qualified applicants as he or she likes.
In fact, Simmons soon will be collecting another bonus for referring her
sister, who recently joined Emory.
I feel like Ive led a charmed life here at Emory, so its
easy for me to refer friends and family, Simmons said. I
simply give them an application with a referral form already attached.
That way they can fill it out along with their application and submit
everything at one time. Once they come on board and stay for 90 days,
I receive the money. But really, Id recommend Emory with or without
Universities employees wishing to learn more about the referral program
should visit http://emory.hr.emory.edu/HR/employment.nsf
or call 404-727-7611.
Employees of the hospitals, Emory Clinic, Wesley Woods or the Emory Childrens Center should contact their human resources representative.