Write a Resume: Will Your References Be There For You?
You have spent weeks writing your resume, you have dusted it off, you have finally perfected it to be the resume that you can be proud of and totally represents your best qualities. You pat yourself on the back, and start handing it out to the select companies you wish to be considered for.
Everything is perfect, until you get that phone call from Joe… your best friend in high school, whom you have not seen for years, maybe decades, and he phones you to tell you, some guy, from some company, phoned him, asking if he could recommend you for a job position, and what he knew about you… and Joe… sounds totally confused!
You gut lurches, because you spent so much time dusting off that old resume, making sure it was perfect, forgetting you still had your old references from years ago. You wonder what this guy has told this potential employer, and now you may have lost your credibility for that job.
When writing a resume, remember, references are the final key for an employer. They have read your resume, and like what they read, and vision you working for their company, and what you will bring to the table in terms of experiences and education. Then they talk to Joe…. and its all over before it started.
You may be lucky, and they try one of your other references, but chances are, if you have Joe… on there as the first reference, your second one is probably just as bad!
Update your references, include only qualified people who know you and your work, and would highly recommend you. Ask them if you can use them for a reference, and make sure you keep up to date phone numbers for them, that way there are no surprise phone calls from the likes of Joe… that catch them off guard as they try to remember the guy they last saw at the college party!.
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