You likely (and hopefully) have reference relationships, people in your back pocket that you believe to be in your corner and ready to act as a professional reference for you or help you out when you call. When is the last time you checked-in on those reference relationships? To see how they are doing. Congratulate […]
There is a growing and disturbing trend among US and Canadian companies to implement a policy of work confirmation-only references. In other words, their policy is to confirm employment, and that’s all. This is a major career management hurdle for all of us. We all deserve references for work well done. They are, in effect, […]
Heath Row at the Fast Company Blog picks up the torch on the ongoing issue of references and the increasing reluctance of employers to provide them. If the subject interests you, read my recent post…A Brief Guide to Personal References. Legal issues, or not, you must earn, nurture, and call upon your references as you […]
As part of the consulting I do, I have occasion to do or commission personal reference checking on candidates. In the last several months, I have run into a number of situations any job seeker should try to avoid.