An agency recruiter called me last week seeking a reference for a former colleague. I get a lot of reference checking calls, but this time I was surprised. I hadn’t heard from the applicant in more than a few of years. I honestly didn’t know where she was currently working, nor if she even stayed…… Continue reading Help Your References Land You the Job
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
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
Reference checks can “seal the deal” or derail a job offer. Fearing a hiring misstep, employers are intensifying reference checks to make sure prospective employees are what their resumes and interviews promise. The following article will throw light on ‘reference check process’, and what every employee should know about it to understand its importance. What is…… Continue reading Reference Check Process: A Guide for Job Seekers
Gone are the days when job applicants controlled the reference-checking process by providing “References Upon Request” and employers conducted formulaic interviews. Today, references can come from just about anybody–a former boss, a peer, a favorite professor or even a receptionist.
Are you about to venture into the real world? If you want to display a successful and professional image, you definitely need to present a good letter of recommendation. A letter of recommendation is a very useful tool, especially during the selection process. The more positive references the candidate has, the better it is. Facts…… Continue reading Making Your Letter of Recommendation Stand Out