DETROIT, MI – Choosing the right references is a crucial step in putting together a professional presentation of your qualifications; one that will put your best foot forward with a new employer. Your reference list should be well-rounded with input from former supervisors, direct reports, professors, peers and even clients.
With that in mind, savvy job seekers are now modernizing their reference lists to make a powerful statement of their qualifications for a new position.
See the samples below for ideas on formatting your updated list of references.
Bear in mind, it is absolutely critical that these people should represent your best interests. Don’t hesitate to perform “due diligence” and make sure that they will favorably attest to your abilities in various professional and personal capacities. Talk to them about what they intend to say to potential employers, and consider the doing a reference check to get specific information on their feedback. It’s important to be proactive when it comes to your professional career.
A caveat: employers are not bound to call only the people you’ve listed. They are perfectly within their rights to call and request input, for example, from a supervisor you had not included on your reference list. And it’s important to realize that despite your best efforts, it is always possible that a reference, on your list or not, may offer unfavorable commentary that will jeopardize your employment prospects.
If you suspect that a reference is conveying unfavorable information, what can be done?
Don’t leave the future of your career to chance. To find out more about creating a reference list, reference checking, and Cease and Desist letters, please visit Allison & Taylor.
AllisonTaylor and its principals have been in the business of checking references for corporations and individuals since 1984. AllisonTaylor is headquartered in Rochester, Mich. For further details on services and procedures please visit http://www.allisontaylor.com/.
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