Good references are important to any job search - but you need to know when and how to offer them. Related: Why Your References Should Be Ready Before Starting Your Job Search In the United States, references don't belong on a resume. First, you want to protect the privacy of your references; resumes go out to the world. Second, you want time to alert your references to the call or e-mail they may receive. If your references are listed on your resume, you lose control. Employers assume you can give them references if they ask. So, your resume should not include the phrase, “References available upon request.” It's not necessary and it takes up valuable space on a resume better used to show your accomplishments. That said, as part of your preparation, create a list of references to have ready when needed. The list should include each reference’s name, title, company name, address, phone number(s), and e-mail. In addition to professional references, you may need a few personal references. Contact all your references to make sure they are willing to speak well of you and to alert them to your job search. Your references need to know they will be receiving a legitimate request for information by a company you’re interested in. You can ask a company not to contact your most recent employer. Companies realize you may want to keep your job search confidential until you have a definite offer. Besides, current employers are often limited in the information they are allowed to share. Make sure you have some references who will gladly speak well of you! One of the most damaging references you can get is, “I’d rather not say.” This post was originally published on an earlier date.
Recently, a professional came to me and was complaining about the fact that executives get the best opportunities. They make the most money and they get the best opportunities in their career. This person immediately went to the fact that it has to do with privilege. And I don't disagree.
There are a lot of executives out there that, due to privilege, have opportunities and are making the kind of money they're making. But I'm also going to tell you something you probably don't want to hear...
Executives Invest In Themselves
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Executives invest in themselves in a way that the average professional does not. I can't tell you how many executives I know who have a career coach. They spend money on being privately coached because they believe in using the expert to get ahead. Your friends, your family, your significant other, your co-workers, your boss—these people are not trained career experts and they do not have your best interests at heart.
This is why I built Work It Daily.
We are an expert-led, on-demand online career coaching platform that is easy and affordable because I saw the unmet need. Everyone wanted the same opportunities and income as executives, but they couldn't figure out why they couldn't get there, privilege aside. The secret? It's about being coached properly.
How Professionals Can Invest In Themselves
You weren't trained to invest in yourself. School didn't teach us how to grow our careers. And that's okay because it's not too late.
If you want to get the best career opportunities like executives, I recommend signing up for my FREE training “Unlocking Your Career Potential So You Can (Finally!) Find A Job You Like."
In this training, I give you the tools that a trained career expert uses to help you figure out what kind of work you should be doing, what kind of value you like to create, what kinds of companies you should be working for, and how your personality plays an impact. These are vital, intricate parts of you that help shape what you should be doing for work, and executives know this because they get coached on this, and this is how they maximize their success.
And you can do it, too.
You can get as mad as you want at executives. Yes, there's privilege, but you also cannot deny that they use coaching to their advantage, just like pro athletes. So, why aren't you getting coached? Working with a career coach to help you figure out who you are and how to decode your career and unlock your potential—that's where you get the results. And now Work It Daily makes that possible for everyone.
Successful Executives Also Have An Online Presence
Nowadays, if you want to be a successful leader, you need to think about your personal brand, your reputation. This is called your executive presence, and it's the key to staying relevant in your career.
If you want to be an influential leader in your industry, if you want to be an executive who gets the very best career opportunities, sign up for my FREE training “4-Step Process For Creating Your Executive Presence Online.”
In this free training, you’ll learn how to:
- Assess your executive presence to determine what you should convey online
- Make your resume, LinkedIn profile, and other professional branding tools say more by intentionally sharing less
- Create a "content tree" to ensure you always have plenty to share online
- Select the right types of content to share to maximize your ROI
This training will be the most important three hours you spend on your career this year.
Interested? Sign up today!