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How to Ensure Your References Are as Helpful as Possible

Professional Resume Services

The best resume writing services will help you with your references. It’s standard practice nowadays for employers to check with references before deciding to hire a particular candidate. Sometimes the best resumes that get you hired are the ones with the best references.

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5 Ways to Overcome a Bad Reference

Evil HR Lady

In an ideal world, all bosses would be fantastic , and the only bad references would be for former employees who deserved the bad reference. This means that lots of people have a bad reference out there. Here are five ways to overcome these bad references.

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5 actions to treat your references like royalty

Cube Rules

Quality job references are gold. So why do we treat our job references so poorly? I’ve given a lot of job references in my career — and no one has a process down outside of, “Can I use you as a reference?”

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Asking for a Reference

Careers Done Write

Dear Deb: Is it necessary to ask someone to be a reference? Secondly, most employers really don’t check references, right? Dear Sebastian: Yes, absolutely, you should ask each reference personally before sharing their name with a potential employer. Ask Deb references

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Call or Email References?

Hiring Technical People

One of my readers for Hiring Geeks That Fit gave me feedback that I should tell people to email references. She said that calling references was outdated. If you are an introvert, you might want to email references. If you are an extrovert, you might to call references. If you want to get a better, off-the-cuff reference, call. Read this article, Do you know what your references will say? True quotes from reference checks. (I

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Being Your Own Reference: Rating Yourself As A Professional In The Job Interview

Career Realism

Being Your Own Reference: Rating Yourself As A Professional In The Job Interview. The post Being Your Own Reference: Rating Yourself As A Professional In The Job Interview appeared first on Work It Daily. Work It Daily. Have you ever been asked, ‘How do you rate yourself?’

2016 57

Job Search Tip: Choose Enough References

Hiring Technical People

If you’ve been working for a while, you have a number of people who could be references for you: colleagues, project managers, managers. So, how do you choose references? Make sure your reference can talk on the phone. If you select someone who hates talking on the phone, you are not going to get a good reference. If you haven’t worked in the field long enough to have that many references, ask your managers wherever you worked before you got into the field.

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Gathering Your References

Professional Resume Services

It used to be that you always ended your resume with the line “References Available Upon Request.” ” Now that statement is mostly left off of resumes because it is deemed a given that you have references and you will be able to produce them when asked.

Do You Know What Your References Say About You?

Hiring Technical People

I’ve been a reference for many peers, previous employees, previous managers, and even clients. About a month later, I received a call from his current manager, asking for a reference. Why did he want a reference from me? Because my ex-employee gave my name again as a reference. I explained that I was uncomfortable giving a reference when he hadn’t worked for him for over three years. “Well, you’re one of his references.”

2015 43

Networking 101: How To Establish References

Career Realism

Establishing references can be really difficult, especially when you’re looking for a job and don’t seem to have a strong list of potential references. However, this shouldn’t be neglected because, in many ways, references can make or break our future careers.

10 Steps To Preparing Top-Notch References

Career Realism

It pays to groom your references. Grooming your references is essential; knowing exactly where you stand and avoiding surprises can be the make-it or break-it in a search. A little time with a reference can result in great returns. 10 Steps For Preparing Top-Notch References.

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The Power of Qualified References in Executive Job Search

Executive Career Brand

How to select, qualify and prepare references to reinforce your personal brand and confirm the value you offer your target employers. Now they’re asking for references. Checking references takes time and costs money. Build and qualify your reference list.

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Résumé Help: References on a Résumé?

Careers Done Write

I focused on the reference portion of this candidate’s résumé He had a second page that only contained his references. Let’s take a few minutes to review this example and identify how to share references in your initial resume submission.

Who Should You Choose to Use for References?

Professional Resume Services

Writing a professional resume requires choosing the right references. Job references can be an important part of the interviewing process. Just because you are friendly with a co-worker doesn’t make them a good professional reference.

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How Can I Ensure I Receive a Positive Reference from a Previous Employer?

Careers Done Write

If it is still of concern, you can hire a reference checking service. Ask Deb Job ReferencesDear Deb: I am considering a career move. How can I be sure my prior employers will not say negative things about me?

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Who Should You Choose as a Reference?

Professional Resume Services

While references are not generally included on your resume anymore, the truth is that before you are given any job vacancy you will usually be asked to provide references to speak on your behalf. Choosing professors or advisors as a reference is acceptable.

Don’t Apply for Jobs: Be Referred to Them


I want to revive your interest by attempting to explain logically the job […] The post Don’t Apply for Jobs: Be Referred to Them appeared first on WorkAlpha. I know you’re looking desperately for a suitable job, but ask yourself whether you’re just working hard at it or you’re working smart at it. Some get so disappointed by the entire process that they give up on it entirely. Please don’t!

2013 70

Job References: How to Get the Best Recommendations


There’s only one problem; you don’t have any job references to offer potential employers. This is a common dilemma faced by job applicants either because they’re fresh college graduates or they aren’t sure who to list as references.

How to Get Referred and Get Hired

The Undercover Recruiter

It’s true – referred candidates are the number one source of external hires! And did you know, referred candidates are twice as likely to get interviewed and have a 40% chance of getting hired over other candidates (according to the New York Times )? So why do you continue to send your resume for job postings without finding someone inside the company who can refer you? How to Get Referred and Get Hired.

Reference Checks Remove One in Five Job Candidates From.

Resume Bear

Jun, 2010 16 Comments A strong resume and interview may place job seekers in the running for a position, but a new survey from OfficeTeam finds the results of a reference check can be the real deal maker — or breaker. This article gave some great tips for creating a reference list.

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Who to Use as a Reference & How to Go About it

The Undercover Recruiter

Many job seekers spend a great deal of time researching prospective employers, polishing their cover letters & resumes, and preparing for job interviews; however, they often neglect one important aspect of the job search process, and that is to ask people to be their references. Sometimes your references can make or break a job opportunity for you; View Article. Who to Use as a Reference & How to Go About it.

4 ways to help your job references help you

Cube Rules

Job references — and the people who make them — are often overlooked in the job search. But your job references support you when it counts. Let’s check the ways you can help your references help you. Keep current contact information for your references.

2011 72

Fake Job Reference Services: Watch Out!

Resume Bear

Article Overview: You may have heard about new web-based services that are offering fake work histories and references for job seekers. In tough economic times, some unemployed job seekers are taking desperate measures to make up for a spotty work history or poor references.

References Don’t Belong on a Resume

Career Realism

references do not belong on a resume. You want to protect the privacy of your references because resumes go out to the world. In the U.S., To get this useful advice and many other helpful career resources, visit us now at Resume & Cover Letter advice blog career expert management resume

My Reference Said Bad Things About Me

JT & Dale Talk Jobs

Then my new boss shared with me one of my references had said terrible things about me. I thought she’d be my strongest reference. My new boss said the other references were fine and chose to believe me instead of her. Job Search advice career job reference search

Who Make Good References?

Professional Resume Services

Picking your references is a very important part of your resume, yet many people do not take them into proper consideration. Your references are important for potential employers to get an opinion of you from someone other than yourself.

did my friend give me a damaging reference?

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: I just had an interview and they moved incredibly fast and got back to me the very next day, saying they would like to check my references. She emailed them a reference saying she would recommend me and that I was a good presenter and can work under high pressure. It wouldn’t be fair to expect her to shade the truth (as she sees it) when giving a reference — in any case, but especially with her own employer. did my friend give me a damaging reference?

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5 Things You Should Know About References

Career Realism

She finally landed her dream job – so imagine her surprise when her new boss eventually told her one of her references was very critical of her. Job Search advice blog career expert management references video webinarI recently worked with a member of our program for 4 months as she looked for a job in a new city. When she asked which one, she was. To get this useful advice and many other helpful career resources, visit us now at

Job Hunting After Graduation: How to Get References for Your First Job

The Undercover Recruiter

Job Hunting After Graduation: How to Get References for Your First Job. Once you graduate from college, you get into a job market that’s more confusing than you ever thought possible.

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37 Ways to Meet People Who Can Refer You to Jobs


Get ideas by seeing how people describe you in recommendations or reference letters. How to start growing your job search network today. Photo credit: Pascal. Networking is usually the best way to find a job. But growing a network takes time so you want to build it before you need it.

2015 54

3 Reasons Recruiters Should Check References


Regardless of how time consuming and frustrating checking references can be, they are an important part of the hiring process. In today’s post, we will look at why taking the time to call and email a candidate’s references and past employers is a good practice. HR references

Reference Letter vs. Letter of Recommendation

Careers Done Write

Dear Deb: What is the difference between a reference letter and a letter of recommendation? A letter of recommendation is stronger than a reference because the writer is actually recommending you for a job. A reference letter is more general in nature.

Stuff The Capitalist (aka KD) Likes: TLC References at Work.

HR Capitalist

For effective use of TLC quotes at work, see the video below (email subscribers click through for video) from The Other Guys , with Michael Keaton using TLC references to Will Ferrel's growing displeasure. Please use TLC references at work responsibly Who am I? Who cares?

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Why Your References Should Be Ready Before Starting Your Job Search

Career Realism

And references are usually the last thing people think to prepare in advance. But if you wait until you absolutely need your references, then you may already be too late. Invest the time now to decide who you want to use as a reference and to track that person down.

my boss said inappropriate things about me to a reference-checker

Ask A Manager

I recently interviewed for a position I’m really excited about, and last week I found out that the employer was calling my references. I’ve kept my boss in the loop on my job search, so he was a reference as well. He had the reference call last week, and he wandered into my office afterward to let me know how it went. Your boss made the reference call all about himself, when it’s not supposed to be about him at all. references

8 Ways to Be the Perfect Professional Reference - BLOG.


Here’s how I ensure I am the perfect professional reference. If I’m your reference, and you don’t get the job, it ain’t on me, buddy! This might sound a little selfish, but as a reference you have now gained contact with YOUR next potential employer.

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Recommendations, Referrals, References and What They Mean

Hiring Technical People

If I can’t refer people because I believe in them, I don’t refer them—which is like a reference. References are a different beast. If I work for you for a significant time, and you can judge my work, then I can ask you for a reference. When I ask you for a reference, and you agree, I expect a reference. Sometimes, my consulting clients also ask for references, which I also provide. References are golden.

why should your references be managers rather than peers?

Ask A Manager

In last week’s open thread, a commenter asked, “Why is a manager or supervisor always a better reference than a coworker? But in general, employers would rather talk to manager references because: * It’s your manager’s job to assess your performance. In addition to the above, when someone offers up a coworker as a reference, it’s much easier to cherry-pick someone who will say positive things. references

5 Ways To Get Job References When A Company Refuses


What can you do when your old company refuses to provide references? Read the article to learn 5 ways to get references from companies who refuse to give them. Featured Job Search Strategy reCareered Blog background check career career change career coach Job job search Planning referenceContinued at [link].

Employment References in Retail


Employment reference checks, job verification, background check, whatever you want to call it , it’s absolutely necessary part of the hiring process. I’m doing a reference check on a candidate for a mid-level person in my company.