Bookmark These: Getting the most out of your job search
By Reid Kanaley
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The economy shows slow improvement, and for jobless millions that means room to hope. To get the most out of your search for work, be sure your references are good ones.
-Your job hunt probably requires you to provide references. This post at money.usnews.com explains some of the pitfalls of getting references. A bad reference can torpedo your search for work, but so can a lukewarm reference, says blogger and consultant Alison Green. She says hiring managers don't think much of reference letters, and gives advice for neutralizing a bad reference. http://is.gd/XkMBZW
-Quintcareers.com confirms that employers routinely ignore "generic letters of reference" and want to go straight to the person for a conversation by phone or e-mail. Randall S. Hansen, who founded Quintessential Careers, says: "Do not underestimate the power of your references." So it is important to cultivate them, keep them informed, and understand what they are likely to say - or reveal - to a prospective employer. http://is.gd/UA7BUm
-"References won't call to warn you they won't be complimentary," notes this page tucked away on the Syracuse University website for graduate students looking for work. It quotes references who've told employers, "We miss him very much. Too bad he was let go," and, "Are you certain she gave my name as a reference?" It encourages you to meet with prospective references, bring them up to date, gauge their take on your abilities, and make sure you've got the best contact information to hand over to a job interviewer. http://www-distance.syr.edu/job.html
-Your resume can serve as a cheat sheet for your references. When you contact them, make sure they get a copy of the resume to refer to when a prospective employer calls. This post by resume expert Gerrit Hall at AOL Jobs stresses the job seekers' need to help references help them. http://is.gd/c42mgA
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