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What is the Employee Referral Program?

County employees who refer successful candidates to hard-to-fill positions will receive a referral award of $250 on initial hire and an additional award of $250 if the employee successfully completes probation.

What are the hard-to-fill positions?

Every six months the Human Resources Department Director will use the following criteria to determine which classifications are hard-to-fill:

    1. Over a 10% vacancy rate for a sustained period of time.
    2. Length of time of the ongoing recruitment for the classification.
    3. Number of appointable candidates on the eligible list.

How referring employee identified?

For hard-to-fill classifications, there will be a supplemental question requesting applicants to indicate if they were referred to the position by a County employee and if so, by whom.

Who is eligible to participate?

All current San Mateo County permanent or probationary employees are eligible except for the following:

    • Employees engaged in recruitment activities.
    • Employees engaged in the selection of the candidate.
    • Department Heads, Division Directors, Assistant and Deputy Directors, extra help, contractors, and elected officials.

How much money do I get?

The award is authorized for new hires only and will not be paid to employees who refer current County employees to hard-to-fill positions for promotion or transfer. Upon selection of the referred candidate for the hard-to-fill position, the referring employee will receive $250. Upon the new employee’s successful completion of probation, the referring employee will be issued an additional $250, provided the referring employee is still employed by the County.

How do I recruit?

Simply spread the word on why San Mateo County is a great employer! Be sure to mention the variety of careers we offer, our excellent benefits package(s), competitive wages, superior training and education programs, flexible work schedules, transportation assistance and more! Be sure to mention that interested applicants can apply online at