Labor Day is in the review mirror; a day off from work for many, for
others a reminder there's not work to be had. We've all seen the headlines: the
jobs picture in the U.S. remains far from robust. Unemployment
hovers around ten percent and the
uncertain economy is keeping consumer confidence low and workplace anxiety high.
While the job hunting climate may not be ideal, for the unemployed,
underemployed or for those wanting a better or different job, the search cannot
wait. So the Beyond Folders bloggers are pooling our experience as both hiring
managers and former job hunters (and of course ongoing networkers!) to provide
posts with job hunting tips and techniques.
The demise of the one-company-career and the rise of social media mean
today's world, and today's job hunt, bear little resemblance to job searches of
the past. When I entered the work world, hand-written thank you notes were de
rigueur after an interview; now an email thank-you is considered acceptable.
Still, some things remain eternal: the importance of stellar
references. A recent post-Labor Day article Singing
your Praises: How to Manage Work References makes the point that not only are
rock solid references key to winning a job, lukewarm or poor references can
sabotage your chances.
References matter so be sure to line up good ones early in your job
hunt. Ideally your references will have
the following qualities:
For more tips on making the most of your references, read The Keys to Choosing and Using the Best Job References and Do References Really Matter? And be sure to check back for
more posts on job hunting over the coming weeks.
What do you look
for in a reference? Do you have any tips for making the most of your
references? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter
by Bradley Eggers
An intelligent point of view, well exrepssed! Thanks!
That addresses sevrael of my concerns actually.
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