An online tool called Top Prospect that helps you connect your friends with job opportunities in their field and pick up some extra cash in the process. It's essentially Online Social Recruiting. But more than just a dumb online tool, Top Prospect aggregates all interested candidates for each position and ranks them for the employer based on number of recommendations, ratings, work experience, education and skills. They also handle the getting paid part for you.
Top Propsect will do a lot of the work required in matching people from your ever-growing Facebook contacts or Linkedin network to jobs that they have on file, based on the information that those people provided in their Linkedin/Facebook profiles. It also makes it fairly easy to send an email to those people with a, "Hey, didn't you mention that you hate your job? Here's a new one for you," message. According to the site, you can make $2K, $5K, or $20K if this works out for everyone involved. That's no small chunk of cheese and is the main reason I'm bringing it to your attention.
If you really want to invest in this, you can take the time to tag your friends based on their skills and profession for better matching. You can also label your most talented contacts as "great".
The smartest part of the offering, to me, is that the weighting of your recommendation is partially based on the quality of your previous recommendations. If you're sending unqualified people through, your recommendations will be deprioritized. That's a good incentive to only recommend solid candidates.
Don't get too excited, you don't get to keep the full bounty. Top Prospect takes a cut. That actually seems fair to me, but they're not terribly up front about it on their site. Also, if you're one of ten people that recommended your friend Tim and Tim scored the job, you have to split the bounty 10 ways (11 if you count Top Prospsect). Also fair, but not exactly obvious. Your money shows up via check within 30 days of your friend's hire date.
The site is in beta right now and they only have about 113 employers with 420 jobs in 31 cities, all but nine of which are in California. Clearly they have a lot of work to do to be relevant to unemployees and companies.
The bottom line:
Top Prospect is a cool idea that's worth checking out. Signing up is on the easier side of things. Obviously, the more people become members, the more employers will play there. But it needs significant time before it'll truly pay off for you, your friends and the world at large.