Thursday, November 5, 2009

Are Your References Ready?

One thing we stress at Momentum is that the job search process is truly a partnership: you can't or don't want to do it alone and we can't do it without you! We emphasize what portions of the process are our responsibility and the parts of the process that fall on the candidate's shoulders. One area that is often overlooked is References.

Before you provide references to us, or any future employer, you need to check to make sure that each is ready, willing and able to serve as a reference. Double check contact information and provide multiple phone numbers. Have each person check their own Human Resources policy on what he or she is able to disclose. Is it simply employment dates? Fine. But we'll need some character references as well.

When conducting reference checks, I find it helpful to talk to folks who know our candidates from different angles; managers, peers and subordinates. Need to dig deeper? Think about people with whom you've served on committees for PTA, church or sports leagues.

The bottom line is that you want to make yourself EASY to hire. If a hiring manager has to leave several messages for reference checks, if a number is no longer in service or if a reference can't provide any good information, the hiring manager is simply going to move on. In this market, you cannot afford to be put in the discard stack.

1 comment:

Robert said...

I think this is good for newbies. From what you've mentioned that "you should make yourself easy to hire", people who are just starting can have his/her first experience here.