4 Tips to Create the Perfect Reference List

March 16th, 2017

Any company worth working for will do its due diligence and check your references before making an offer. That means you should be putting together a reference list that will help you land the job and start off on a positive note. So who should you include and how do you create the perfect reference list? Here are four tips to putting together the best references you can.

1. Make contact ahead of time.

The first step to finding the perfect reference list is to contact your preferred references ahead of time. A surprise call from a stranger may not go as well as you hope. Your references will want to be prepared regarding what to talk about and when they might be contacted. Call your former managers and co-workers and let them know you’re applying for open positions and you may need their help with references.

2. Give them heads up.

That isn’t the only time you should be contacting your references. When you advance through the pre-hiring process with a company, they should let you know when they plan on contacting your references. When this happens, send your list a quick email to let them know they may be contacted shortly. You can also give them some tips that can help them formulate what they will say to the employer.

3. Know who to leave off.

You should never provide names of managers or co-workers you haven’t spoken to in years. This is a good reason to use online networking tools, such as LinkedIn, so you can maintain contact with good references for the future. If you had a manager who loved you but you haven’t spoken to them since 2003, it is best to not include them in your reference list.

4. Avoid negative personalities.

The other type of reference to avoid is anyone who would focus on the negatives. For example, if you were fired from your last job you don’t have to give their contact information to the potential employer. Instead, focus on individuals who will provide positive professional feedback to a potential hiring manager.

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Think You Know Everything About Interviewing? Think Again!

June 10th, 2016

Too many job seekers go into an interview woefully unprepared. This becomes a poor reflection on the potential candidates in the market. Companies get just as frustrated and jaded when they’re not able to find the right person for their job. How can you overcome that unfair stigma? Wow them and land the job by being more prepared than your competition. Here are some ways you can make the best first impression on a company and get the job offer you’ve been wanting.

Study the job description.

You would be surprised to learn that many candidates don’t even review the job description again after they originally send their resume. In fact, many don’t thoroughly read the job posting when they send their resume either. There are subtle clues in every posting and if you can pick up on them, you’ll have an advantage over your competition.

Prepare for interview questions.

Interview questions come in all shapes and sizes. There will be detailed questions about your background. There will also be behavioral questions that are designed for the interviewer to see how you react in certain common situations. Don’t just prepare for the individual questions, but consider the techniques that can help you answer any questions you’re asked. Don’t worry about memorizing your answers but have general points and thoughts so you can pull from different talking points whenever you need them.

Research the company in detail.

You’ve probably been told to research the company before the interview. So, you go to their website and read the “About” page and think you’ve got everything you need, right? Well, not exactly. By researching the company, look for mentions in the media and other information you can find. Did they contribute to a local charity? Did they make the news for something impressive and positive? Look at their social media pages for even more context.

Dress for success.

Lastly, it is important to remember to make a good visual impression. Many companies today are casual, so candidates think it will be fine to present more casually in an interview. But unless an interviewer has specifically coached you about wearing casual clothes, always err on the side of professional. You don’t necessarily need to wear a full suit, but choose a smart and professional outfit for your first face-to-face meeting with the company.

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Why Workplace Bullying Is a Serious Issue

May 19th, 2016

We hear a lot today about bullying. It is an epidemic in our nation’s schools and it negatively affects not only the children being bullied but the bullies themselves. Bullying isn’t limited to the school yard. Disturbing studies have shown that workplace bullying exists and is a much bigger problem than anyone previously realized. Let’s take a closer look at workplace bullying and why it is a serious issue.

Intimidating Behavior

Intimidation is a serious concern when some members of your staff may feel bullied into certain actions by more dominating personalities. It is important to know the difference between intimidation and a strong personality, but if an employee raises a concern, the onus is on you to investigate. Get information from all parties involved, including people who may have observed the communication. Taking a fact-based approach will help with the analysis.

Social Isolation

Are you seeing certain members of your staff left out of all interactions? This is often coupled with the creation of “cliques” within your work environment. If someone is being specifically shunned by others in the organization, find out why and if the reason is malicious you can take action. Everyone doesn’t have to be friends with each other, but if there is something deep-rooted then you may need to investigate.

Blaming without Cause

Far too often, individuals will blame their failings on others. If they work together in a group and the project fails, finger pointing will generally follow. However, if you’re also seeing individual blame unprompted, this could be a sign of office bullying.

Verbal Abuse and Threats

When bullying escalates, it often becomes abusive. And if it is isn’t physical, it can hard to notice if you’re not paying close attention. Verbal abuse is damaging to the recipient. Worse are threats of violence that may or may not be carried out. A violent threat should be treated as an act of aggression and proper action taken.

Public Humiliation

Bullies, whether they realize it or not, are usually responding to situations in their own life that are out of control. If they feel insecure or frustrated, they will often take this out on the people around them that they perceive as weaker. Public humiliation can be the result. Allowing members of your staff to be subjected to demeaning tasks or other humiliating situations will only breed discord in your company.

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