I got an unexpected call last week from a reference checker seeking insights about a former employee. I wasn’t aware my former colleague was seeking a new gig, and the screener didn’t disclose what job she was seeking, So, I had to wing my responses. I love my former colleague, but it was poor job-search…… Continue reading 5 Fundamental Rules of Job Reference Etiquette
Often lost in the job search process is the need to have rock solid references ready to vouch for you. Too many job candidates wait until the last minute to throw together contact information of references when, in fact, they should be spending as much time on reference development as they do on updating their resumes. Earlier posts…… Continue reading What Will Your References Say About You?
In the past two weeks, I have served as a reference for six job candidates. I gave enthusiastic references for five of them, but I had to take a pass on the sixth person since I hadn’t heard from him in nearly 20 years. I recall that he was a good employee, but it has…… Continue reading The 5 Golden Rules of Job Reference Etiquette
Now is the best time for job hunting (and hiring), according to reference checking firm Allison & Taylor. Based on the company’s research, there are better and worse times to start your search for a new job. Best Months to Search: September to Thanksgiving January to April (to Easter) Worst (Slow) times for Searching: Early Summer…… Continue reading Now Is Best Time of Year to Search for a Job
When selecting your references for job applications, two words of advice: choose wisely. You had better assume that potential employers will, indeed, contact these parties and that your former supervisors will likely be at the top of the list – even if you haven’t voluntarily offered up their names on your application. If you are…… Continue reading Select References Wisely and Prep Them