Are your job references holding you back or helping you in your job search?
Do you know when to submit your job references? Do you know what to avoid and what to do when it comes to your references? Who should you ask to serve as references for you? Are some people better than others? And how many references should you have? When someone agrees to be a reference for your job search, what should you do next?
Get all the answers to all the above questions and more in this infographic. These tips will help you learn how to make the most out of your job references during your job search.
What can you do if you become concerned that your job references are hurting your job search? One possibility is to use a reference checking service such as those offered by Allison & Taylor. This will allow you to actually check what past employers and your references are saying about you by providing you with a service that will discreetly call and then report back to you on what each of your job references is saying to callers.
Positive references can help you get the job you want, so don’t overlook this part of your job search. It is well worth the minor investment to find out for sure what your references are saying about you. You need to be certain that your job references are enhancing your chances of getting the job rather than hindering them.
Also remember that a good reference is a valuable asset that you should nurture and actively work to maintain. Consider writing your reference a personal thank you note after they have provided you with a reference. If appropriate, maybe you could take your reference out to lunch as a thank you. At the very least, call to say thank you.