Almost anyone knows that a job search is much like a new marketing campaign.
Without a doubt, you are the product, and to advertise your brand, you need to use several documents such as a resume, cover letter, business card and even bolster your online presence.
Usually, employers know that every word on these documents is correct but they want to hear other people talk about you. This is where your references matter most.
Of course, picking references can be a tricky job as mistakes with this can ruin your chances of getting a job.
Knowing what these common mistakes might conversely help you get a job sooner than you think, thanks to the marketing boost it offers.
5 Mistakes Made By Job Seekers With Job References
As mentioned earlier, the references picked can make a difference in your job search and should be made very very carefully.
So, here are 5 mistakes made by job seekers with job references:
Mistake 1: Providing inadequate recommendations
Most people think that they have several people who can be contacted as references. Unfortunately, this is hardly possible since you need to know people from your recent job as well as a personal recommendation. In other words, ensure that these references are credible and relevant when it comes to your work and personal life.
Mistake 2: Sending your list of references too quickly
Stay in control of your recommendation. It is best advised not to release your reference list until you are asked. When you do release all of them, the employer will choose whichever reference they fancy. Only send recommendations that are most relevant to your most recent job. Of course, if the potential employer wants to speak to your most recent boss, you can respond accordingly. For this, a letter of reference should be enough.
Mistake 3: Not Searching for your References on Google
Before you send a reference to a client, ensure that you do a Google Search on the reference to see what you can find. You can be sure that some of them will complete such a search. It’s best to know what they will see (before they do!) because this can form first impressions.
Mistake 4: Making it Difficult to Contact Your References
Make it as simple as possible for the employer to contact your references. Provide a current phone number along with an email address. Of course, this might take some work on your part especially if they moved away years ago. It is harder still to find those who have moved away. It’s a bad idea to have the employer find this information themselves. As a result, they might feel that the effort is not worth it or that you are being lazy or trying to hide something.
Mistake 5: Overusing your References
Reference burnout can happen especially if it takes a long time for you to get a job. In fact, the longer it takes for you to get a job, the more you will have to deal with this problem. To avoid this, ensure that you have a couple of backup references. It’s a good idea to alternate references regularly. This is because they might begin to wonder why you haven’t got a job just yet.
There are several mistakes that can be made with your references, these five are only a few.
Are there any other mistakes that people can make with their job references that you can think of?
If so, feel free to share them in the comments section below.