Bad References Can Keep You From a Great Job

Bad References Can Keep You From a Great Job

Bad References Can Keep You From a Great Job

80% of employers check references when evaluating job candidates.

When applying for a job, how good are your references? References must be taken seriously, as they influence the hiring decisions of a vast majority of employers, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Unfortunately, some workers are shooting down their chances for job opportunities with ill-conceived practices about references. In some cases, they don't provide references at all. In others, they fail to give a courtesy heads-up to an intended reference who may be contacted by a hiring manager. Even worse, some professionals list references who have nothing nice to say about them. "You want to make sure you are including your biggest cheerleaders among your job references," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. "You also want to make sure that you ask your former colleagues if you can list them as references. If someone is unwilling, it helps you to avoid a potentially awkward or damaging interaction with an employer of interest." Nearly 2,500 U.S. hiring managers and more than 3,975 workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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