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Job References Gone Bad

Most people think about job references as a positive part of their career portfolio… but what happens when they end up hurting more than helping? Who you list and why you list is an important thing to consider. It goes without saying that you should always make sure that the people that you list are “fresh.” By this, I mean that people listed as your references should be ones who can speak most immediately and relevantly to your character, experience, knowledge, and skills. Never strategically evaluating your reference list can cause more harm than good, especially when you haven’t reached… Read »




Don’t Be A Job Search Turkey!

Thanksgiving is upon us, and while most people’s thoughts turn to the annual feast and associated family gatherings, it’s important to remember that for job seekers, their search continues on. For them and anyone else contemplating changing job, it is important to know that there are certain things that shouldn’t be done to avoid being labeled a “turkey.” Here are some tips to think about to keep your reputation intact as you look for work: 1) Always thank those that help you. Whether you get a job or the lead that was provided to you turns out to be a… Read »




Four No-Fail Tricks to Capturing Awesome Letters of Recommendation

Let’s face a painful truth: Most of us are totally ineffective when lining up our personal cheering sections during a job search.  This can include anything from failing to inform or keep references up-to- date on your current status to asking for recommendation letters in a panic due to a prospective employer’s request during an interview. Planning ahead and being completely focused on what you want others to speak about regarding your skills, abilities, and expertise as well as character can be the ‘make or break’ factor. So go ahead.  Be proactive and think ahead of the curve.  Here are… Read »




Job References – Are You Firing Up Your Cheering Squad?

Many years ago, I received a phone call from a colleague which was rather startling. The colleague’s company was in the final stages of the hiring process and conducting due diligence on one of the finalist’s job references. No problem, I told the caller, but silently wondered who it was, because no one in my network had given me a heads up about any upcoming job interviews/reference checks. Well, it got even better. I was stunned when the caller said the name of the person. Not only did this applicant put me down as a reference, I had not ever… Read »




Seven Deadly Myths of Job References

Today, we have a guest column generously provided by www.jobreferences.com – operated by Allison & Taylor Reference Checking, Inc., which is headquartered in Rochester, Mich., and has been in the business of checking references for individuals since 1984. The firm’s services have been listed and recommended in bestselling books authored by Martin Yate. In addition, numerous articles have been published about the service in newspapers and magazines including Glamour, New Woman, Worth, NBEW, The Detroit News, and St. Petersburg Times. For more information, please visit www.jobreferences.com or call 800-651-2460. Thinking about your prospects for landing that new job? You should… Read »





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