You thought that job was in the bag? Well, someone else got it. One reason people lose jobs at the finish line is because of reference checks. Don’t let this happen to you!
You’ll probably never know for sure, but your reference check may have done you in. How can you keep that from happening?
I start with the obvious because during the stress of job hunt, people often do careless and irrational things. Are you sure your references have a high opinion of you?
In an extreme example, a woman used a former supervisor as a reference--AFTER she had walked out without giving the supervisor even an hour's notice. Guess who got a bad reference.
OK, you’re not clueless. But read on.
Are the people you’ve listed as references articulate and upbeat? Will they kill you with faint praise--not because of who you are, but because of the way they communicate?
That boss you worked for three years ago may think you walk on water, but how prepared is she to talk about you? Can she instantly articulate the great things you did? Maybe. But don’t count on it.
This is especially problematic for high achievers. The boss trusted you and wasn’t watching you closely. Your area was always in top shape, so he paid attention to other areas that needed fixing. He may be unaware of all you did. Again, be sure that you prep your boss in advance. Write out some talking points. Make sure your boss understands not only WHAT you did, but the IMPACT you had.
Background checkers work on fast schedules and may reject your application as incomplete if they encounter problems. Be sure you’re not sending a prospective employer down a blind alley.
What a shame to lose a job because the reference checker finds the phone number you gave has been disconnected. Or worse, the number has been reassigned to a stranger who says, “A reference check for who? I never heard of him!”
Be sure that the reference check is a breeze for the prospective employer. Don't risk losing the job at the finish line.
Want to discuss your job search/career plans? Here’s a link to my calendar: https://calendly.com/lucrative-careers
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