AllisonTaylor outlines a five-step strategy to ensure the best possible outcome during the job hunting progress.
- Make a list of your former bosses – Have you stayed in touch? Was there bad blood? Before you go on that interview offer an olive branch.
- Make a secondary list – A mentor, coach, former boss, or manager is a great place to start. Job hunters should have a few references available at a moment’s notice, take the time when you craft your resume to craft this document too.
- Contacting references in advance and inquiring about their willingness to actually be a reference is an important step.
- Verify that you have all information for your references listed correctly; the correct spelling of their name, current title, and up-to-date contact information.
- Remember reference letters obtained really don’t matter, unless the company goes out of business and none of your people are to be found. Everyone knows it’s very easy to make up letterhead and a reference.
Etiquette may be forgotten by some today and noting what is appropriate is a smart decision.
Allison & Taylor notes that approximately half of all reference checks they conduct reveal negative inputfrom the references. Don’t neglect your references; an appropriate holiday greeting is always a good idea to help cultivate and maintain professional relationships.
It’s imperative that you, as a job candidate, also take a close look at your references each and every time you make a change to your resume.
Make sure your reference list meets these criteria:
- Does your reference list reflect the best people to cast you in a positive light to a prospective employer – or could there be someone else who would be a better choice?
- Are your selected references truly going to give your prospective employers the kudos you’re hoping for? If you’re less than certain that they will, you’d better check them beforehand before they go “live” with your prospective new employer. Have a reference check conducted beforehand to make sure.
- Do your references have a truly comprehensive knowledge of your skills and abilities, and can they fluently convey this knowledge?
- Are your references people with whom you’ve stayed in touch, and kept updated on your career moves and successes? Will they be able to provide current information about you to a prospective new employer(s)?
Once you feel confident that your selection of references is optimal, examine how you are presenting their information to a prospective employer. Make sure that their contact information is clear, concise, and above all…accurate. Whether or not you receive that coveted job offer may depend on an employer’s ability to contact your references, and data that is outdated or incorrect could cost you your dream job.
To ensure your reference data is easily accessible to a prospective employer, make sure you list the information as seen on these samples:
Proactively offer your references at the conclusion of an interview – the hiring party will be impressed with both your list, and your initiative.
For a critique of your references, or assistance in rewriting them to the new format, please click here. A good reference list will be one key to securing new employment – make sure yours is a part of your employment-seeking arsenal.
Are you protected by your old company’s policy to only confirm the dates and title of employment?
Our experience is, that with a little pressure, most managers break company policy and speak their mind to either help or hurt a candidate’s chance at another job. Who from your past job will help you or hurt you – you need to know.
Is your past boss badmouthing you?
50% of our clients have lost good job offers due to bad or mediocre comments from previous employers. Reference-Letters.com will confidentially find out what is really being said about you and give you the power to stop it!
Interviewing well but not getting the job?
Maybe it’s something that a past employer or reference is saying. Could a jealous colleague be sabotaging you? Could your past boss be less than happy at your departure? Reference-Letters.com will help you find out.
Do you have a separation agreement with your past employer? Is it being honored?
Is your past employer giving you the professional and prompt reference that was promised or are they saying, “Well according to our agreement I can only confirm that he worked here.” Reference-Letters.com will find out what is really being said and give you the power to enforce your agreement.
Were you a victim of discrimination, sexual harassment or wrongful termination?
Your previous employers could be affecting your new job search through their comments to prospective employers. Don’t let them continue to hurt you and your career.
Are you being BLACKBALLED?
Last year our clients were awarded more than $2 million in settlements. Reference-Letters.com will find out what is really being said about you and give you the power to stop it!
You’ve put time and effort into your resume, developed your network of possible employers andrecruiters, worked on your interview skills – but have done nothing but typed a list of your references. Don’t leave this crucial area to chance. References are the final factor in who gets the job offer. Your past employers – anyone you reported to will be contacted. Do you know what they will say? Reference-Letters.com will find out what is really being said about you.