Check out the startling statistic from this article:
“…half of the thousands of reference checks the firm manages, have ‘some form of employer negativity — typically from either former supervisors or Human Resources personnel.’ In Allison & Taylor’s words, ‘what you don’t know can — and almost surely will — prevent you from getting new employment at some future date.'”
The article goes on to say that these negative statements aren’t always intentional, but during a review references often inadvertently make a comment that hurts the job candidate.
So if you’re a job seeker, what are you supposed to do with this information?!
It definitely suggests that you need to make sure you are careful in selecting references, and then that you stay in touch with them! You need to have a good understanding of how they are honestly going to speak about your experience working together.
The article goes on to list 6 different things you should be thinking through in regards to your references:
- Know the risk of being unaware of a referral.
- Potential employers won’t tell you about a negative referral.
- Calling a confused reference convinces hiring managers you will be a bad employee.
- References can make up for gaps in your resume.
- Referrals make you a reliable resource.
- Referrals have additional benefits.
Check out the rest of the article for more insight on each of these six thoughts, and make sure you are seriously thinking through how YOU use references!