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How to Set Yourself Up For a Successful Job Reference

How to Set Yourself Up For a Successful Job Reference

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, April 07, 2020/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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What others say about you often holds more true to companies than how you describe yourself, and, in our current job market, every little bit helps. Once your successful interview is over and they ask for references, the last thing you want to do is steer them in the wrong direction. Knowing whom to ask to be a reference is key, and it is important that they are offering positive information and providing real-life examples in order to help you land the position. In some circumstances, contacting a former boss is the best route, however, sometimes reaching out to colleagues is more beneficial – Here are ways to identify who you should ask and how:

Who to Choose
Before you begin the selection process, gain clarity from the company on what level /position this person providing the reference should hold – This will help you pinpoint the right person. Once that is confirmed, start by brainstorming former managers and team members that made an impact on you during your time working together. While references should speak highly of you, it is also important for that person to have seen you grow in the work place – Experiences such as this will allow them to speak honestly on ways you tackle the unknown and develop in your career. The person you choose should ideally be someone who is comfortable talking with others to ensure they can properly articulate your strengths to someone they do not know.

How to Ask
First off, the method in which you ask could be crucial. It is recommended to call this person to have the conversation – This makes the nature of the question a bit more personable, and also gives you the opportunity to gauge their interest, as well as show your appreciation for their potential willingness to speak on your behalf. While you have them on the phone, and, assuming they are onboard, ask to carve out a few minutes of time to brief your reference on the company and the role you are applying for. It is important for them to understand the job description in order to appropriately communicate how your strengths are a great match.

Providing a company with your references is often the last step to being hired. While this is a great sign, still take the time to properly find the right people to represent you. And, don’t forget to thank them once you land the job – You never know when you may need them again!

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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