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Today, references are more important than ever. Employers don't trust all the personal branding they see and hear when interviewing you. They want third-party validation. Your references can make or break your chance of getting the job offer. J.T. shares exactly what you need to do to make sure your references are top-notch. Podcast Archives >> HERE <<
Dear J.T. & Dale: What do you think about family members as references? (My last employers have gone out of business.) — Trey J.T.: Avoid it at all costs. Hiring managers will assume that family is biased and will say only nice things about you. Even those who work in a family business need to try to get non-related co-workers to act as references. If need be, reach out to people with whom you've worked on volunteer projects. The goal is to find people who don't have the same last name as you! Dale: Remember your references usually don't come into play until after you've been interviewed; thus, you can delay the issue by using the old "References Upon Request" in your resume. Then, if your references are weak, you can address that problem in the interview. However, expect some cynicism; after all, saying that your former employers have gone out of business tells hiring managers that you didn't develop friendships and haven't kept in touch with old managers or co-workers. It would be better to do the work of finding old colleagues and recruiting two or three to be allies. You even might discover a job opening, one where an old colleague will serve as the best reference of all — the insider reference. © 2012 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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I recently worked with a member of our CareerHMO.com program for four months as she looked for a job in a new city. She finally landed her dream job – so imagine her surprise when her new boss eventually told her one of her references were very critical of her. When she asked which one, she was floored. She thought this particular person would be her BEST reference, not her WORST. It then got her thinking... she had used this reference for several jobs she had interviewed for and not gotten. Could this reference have caused her to lose out on all those jobs? FACT: You need to choose and work with references very carefully – or risk losing the job offer! Watch my webinar (below) and I’ll share with you the right way to secure and use references. How you work with references can literally impact whether you get the job offer. Everyone needs references, now more than ever. Watch this video so you don’t ruin your chances of getting a job by failing to learn the secrets to getting your references to work for you.

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