Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the October 13, 2003 issue of QuintZine.
CareerBuilder recently polled recruiters for their advice on job-seeker references. Here are the highlights of recruiter comments:
- Job-seekers should provide professional, not personal, references.
- References should have detailed knowledge of the job-seeker’s workplace performance. References without that knowledge can negatively affect the job-seeker’s chances.
- A diverse group of references spanning the job-seeker’s entire career is optimal.
- Your references should have knowledge of you that spans a period of years and maybe even more than one job.
- The more senior the level of your references the better.
- References who have conducted performance evaluations on the candidate are the most valuable to the hiring employer.
- Prospective employers will be impressed with specific examples of accomplishments and results on the part of the candidate.
- The second tier of valuable references includes peers, subordinates, internal/external customers, project leaders, vendors, and business associates from professional organizations and volunteer/civic affiliations.
- A reference list should include each reference’s name, position, company, location, phone number, e-mail address, and relationship/context in which the reference and job-seeker know each other.
- References, should, of course, be aware that they are on the job-seeker’s reference list and may be contacted by prospective employers.
As Time Day’s national organizer, De Graaf would have us all take the day off to contemplate how we organize our lives, or at least take a few hours to attend one of dozens of local meetings across the country. As he describes it, we as a nation have become so work-obsessed that we are slowly destroying ourselves, our families, our health, and our environment. Read more.
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