& TAYLOR PROVIDES NATION’S JOB SEEKERS
FIVE GOLDEN RULES OF JOB REFERENCE ETIQUETTE
Mich., Oct. 27, 2009 – It makes good business sense
– and is
respectful professional etiquette – to stay in touch with
former bosses, says Allison & Taylor, the nation’s
professional reference checking firm.
the ongoing upheaval in the nation’s job market, your efforts
stay connected with past employers could pay dividends many times
over when they provide you with favorable professional references.
you were planning to hire someone, and his or her former boss did not
return your call looking for a professional reference, what message
would that convey?” said Managing Director Heidi Allison.
today’s highly competitive job market, people pay so much
to their resumes and interview skills, but unfortunately, many fail
to nurture their professional references and they can make or break a
successful job search.”
enhance the chances of always landing the next job one wants, Allison
suggests job seekers of all professional backgrounds follow these
Golden Rules of Job Reference Etiquette:
Call your former bosses
and ask them if they are willing to be good job reference for you. Be
sure to thank them for supporting you in your job search if they agree.
Let them know each and
every time you give out their name and email address.
Keep your former
positive references informed of your experiences in climbing the
corporate ladder and your educational progress. Give them a career
update. He/she will be more inclined to see you in a stronger light as
Spending time with a
potential employer is taking valuable time out of your former bosses'
days. If you plan to use these positive references over the years, you
need to give something back. For instance, after receiving a good job
reference, write a personal thank-you letter or (at a minimum) send an
email. Better still, send a thank-you note with a gift card for
Starbucks, or offer to take your former boss to lunch/dinner.
If you win the new
position, call or email your former boss and thank them again for the
positive references. Also, let them know your new contact information.
says the most important rule for job seekers is to never leave your
professional references to chance.
you are not 100 percent convinced that your professional references
and past employers will relay positive comments about you to
prospective employers, have them checked out,” Allison said.
professional reference-checking firm can either put your mind at
ease, or supply you with the critical information and evidence that
may be blocking your job search efforts.”
what happens if a professional reference is indeed providing
unfavorable or inaccurate information on a candidate to a prospective
employer? Allison says there are careful steps that can be taken to
rectify the situation.
firm hears poor to bad references on a daily basis,” she
said. “Some are justified, others not. We work with clients
the options available to them to assure their professional references
portray them in the best light possible. The key is to first know
what people are saying about them and then proactively addressing the
situation as necessary.”
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