Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How to do references properly

How to do references properly

I call my fair share of references and I am surprised by how many are taken aback to hear from a recruiter. It is almost as if they were not expecting my call. Here are some quick tips to smooth the process:

1.       Line them up before you need them

2.       Call your reference prior to each position (job that you are being considered for)

3.       Explain the role to your reference

4.       Let your reference  know approximately when the company will be calling

5.       Managers: be prepared to give as references; managers, colleagues and subordinates

6.       Sales people: don’t be surprised if you are asked to provide a customer as a reference

7.       Don’t forget to call your reference back to give an update and to thank them

Taking care of this quick list can help move the job interview process along quickly.

Happy Selling

Friday, October 19, 2012

15 Rules to Make your Job Search Successful

15 Rules to Make your Job Search Successful

Rule 1: Always work your network before you need it.
Rule 2: Keep in mind that all relationships are give and take.
Rule 3: Knowledge is power; research the company, industries and execs.
Rule 4: Prepare a professional resume.
Rule 5: Solicit an outside opinion.
Rule 6: Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses.
Rule 7: Make a wish list; where you want to work and what you want to do.
Rule 8: Practice interviewing; what do you want them to know about you and your skills.
Rule 9: Focus on your strengths and what you can bring to the company
Rule 10: Work towards a win-win.
Rule 11: Be honest; with yourself and with the interviewer.
Rule 12: Block out negativity and bitterness.
Rule 13: Always be professional.
Rule 14: Remember you are the keeper of your career, manage it before it manages you.
Rule 15: Don’t forget to personally thank the people that helped you.