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Much has been written about professional references.  Every hiring company asks for them and a growing number of employers refuse to give them which make job seekers feel caught in the middle.  

Future employers are finding it more difficult to get direct supervisors to speak freely.  Employers are implementing policies barring employees from providing specifics on references. Many times the reference call is redirected to HR or an outsourced employment confirmation firm which does nothing but confirm dates of employment and title(s). 

From a hiring manager’s point of view the thought has always been that good employees with good references should not be difficult to obtain.  If someone appreciates your hard work and you left on good terms, a supervisor has historically been open to giving a reference.  References remain an integral piece of information that future employers utilize in their hiring decision.  If references are difficult to get, a red flag is raised. 

So, how can you make certain you’re getting the most out of your references?  The Wall Street Journal published an article this week which provides some insight to ensure your references will help, not hinder, your job search.  Following are some of our thoughts here at DARTON:

1)      Make sure those you are asking to provide a reference are comfortable doing so.  Also, ask them what they intend to say.

2)      Give your references a copy of your resume.

3)      Highlight a few of your strengths or projects to ensure they are provided in the reference.

And the number one thing we advise:

4)      Make sure your references are prepared to receive a call from each person that will be calling.  By name.


Read the Wall Street Journal article online at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123904785521794145.html



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