How Do You Know Your Contact?
If your intended referrer is your best college pal or Aunt Winnie, proceed with caution. While it's great to have friends or family who can vouch for you on a personal level, many hiring managers are more interested in your professional abilities. And getting a referral from someone who can't even repeat what you do for a living may come across as a weak attempt at getting your foot in the door, not a strong recommendation. The best contact is one who knows your career progression and accomplishments.