You’ve created an amazing resume and completed a successful interview, but there’s still one more step standing between you and that new job: the reference check. Speaking with references gives potential employers the opportunity to learn more about you as an employee and as a person — and in many cases can determine whether you’re hired or passed up for a new position.
This week’s 5 for Friday provides articles with tips and information on selecting and handling job references.
- Pick Professional References with Care. Daily Record: “When an employer is trying to decide who to hire among many qualified candidates, the support of a credible reference may tip the scale in your favor. Today, these contacts are an important tool in landing a new job. Make sure you give considerable thought to those you select to be your references. Your choice should be an individual who can clearly articulate your strengths and who has the ability to handle difficult questions about your experience. Consider selecting someone whose position or input will be most useful to a prospective employer.”
- 3 Ways to Make Your References Most Effective. U.S. News & World Report: “In the past, a reference check amounted to a cursory call just before extending an offer of employment, and it was a perfunctory part of hiring due diligence. The art of reference checking has expanded. Today’s more sophisticated reference checkers will engage in a considerably more nuanced conversation to gain a greater level of insight about issues related to your fit for the position. Some of this information will be used in making the fundamental hire/no hire decision. Moreover, employers often glean information about what to expect and how best to manage you when you are hired.”
- 5 References That Should Be On Your List To Land The Job. Resume Broker: “This post can give you a lot of useful advice about everything to do with your resume. By understanding more about it you will find that you are able to get more professional opportunities. You will also find that creating and using your resume is no longer a huge challenge! When you’re applying for jobs, a common request among employers is for you to provide a list of professional references. After your interview, your references could be a key component on whether you receive a job offer from a company.”
- Do References Matter? Olympic Staffing Services: “References are valuable. They offer a potential employer an opportunity to verify your resume and work experience and give a peek into your work ethic from those who really know you. Like your social media footprint, references are another tool to evaluate job candidates for red flags and discrepancies in character. In a competitive job market, a good reference can be the determining factor between you or the other ideal candidate landing the job.”
- 15 Signs that Your Job May Be At Risk–And What to Do If It Is. Forbes. “Collect your kudos. Hopefully you’ve kept copies of company and possible client/vendor commendations, whether e-mails or notes. Begin gathering and organizing them. You might be able to defend yourself if you’re receiving unfair evaluations. In the least, you’ll build a file that can help you in your next job.”