Are References Still Relevant? Yes!

In 2016, you may not think managing references warrants much time. Between researching job opportunities online, interviewing, and networking, your plate is full. Yet a reference can still make or break a job offer, and you can’t automatically assume you’ll get a good one, even if your tenure at your company passed without a hiccup. “About half of all references that get checked receive an assessment of mediocre to poor,” says Heidi Allison of Allison & Taylor**, a professional reference checking firm.* Read on for five steps on how to ensure your references are as strong as possible. 1.Recognize their hidden benefits to you. By staying in touch with your references and letting them know what you’re up to, you’re networking. You’ll keep your professional relationships alive and well, and you never know…in a few years, this person could be at a new company as a future employer or a potential partner in a new venture. A reference is more than just a ticket to a new … [Read more...]