Employment References

15 September 2010 Categories: Gerry's Corner

      Along with a good Resume, you need good References. Employment References or also known as Employment Checks are the tools to verify the information in your Resume or to verify what you might have volunteered in an interview. You need to keep these references separate from your Resume and current, which means you need to keep in touch with the people you use for references. Without References you limit the effectiveness of your Resume and what you may say in an interview. Everything needs to be verified and confirmed for accuracy.

      Unfortunaley the fact that companies close, move or get sold means that people within those companies also move. Therefore it is very important to keep in periodic touch with your contacts whom have volunteered to attest to your performance. Otherwise you have no way to prove the information in your Resume is correct. Too many times I have seen individuals who cannot provide Reference information. For example, your last 3 employers closed and you have no idea where the Managers and Supervisors have moved. For a new employer, it is critical to verify your information. The lack of verifiable information may cost you your next job opportunity.

      Written References are not very effective. If the company has moved or closed, this document becomes useless to the new potential employer. Written References are also too easy to forge therefore most companies do not use them.

      My suggestions are: firstly, ask permission to use someone’s name for an employment reference. Also ask them if you could use both their business phone number and their home phone number. Secondly, contact these people at least every 3 months to make sure they are still at the phone numbers they gave you. If they have moved, it is easier to track them down in 3 months rather than 3 years. Remember to conduct an effective job search you need both a good Resume and current References that can be contacted quickly.