Even though millions of Americans are looking for work, many employers say it’s too hard to find good help. So, many companies and organizations are encouraging employees to be on the lookout for talent and are offering cash bonuses for referrals that lead to a hire.

Employee referral programs can be found in all kinds of industries, from technology to finance and manufacturing to health care.

“We’ve had great success with it,” says Jennifer Richards, the administrative director of human resources at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

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