References…we all have them listed somewhere on our resume, but when was the last time that you visited with your references?
It was reported a couple of years ago that over 85% of interviewing managers will call at least 2 of the references that you list? As the job market gets more competitive, you can bet that the number of references called will increase, as will the level of questioning about you as a potential employee. Although your former employer is only obligated to provide dates of service and other cursory information about your employment, when asked specific questions about your performance, many managers will spill their guts about all of your flaws. Although slanderous, it is very difficult to prove. So you need to take matters into your own hands to make sure the references that you present to a potential employer are actually helping you secure your next position.
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Preparing references for calls from potential new employers is a good way to increase your chances of landing your next job. You may also want to engage your on-line references. For example, LinkedIn.com has a place for individuals to “recommend” you. Regardless of your personal situation, what other people say about you is, and will continue to be, an important part of the hiring managers decision.
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