In this video, I encourage you to be proactive with setting up references.

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On this show, I just want to encourage you . . . Most people don't take the time early in the search to decide who their references should be,, to speak with them, confirm that they would be a good reference and see what they have to say about them. And the impact is you get the offer phase and sometimes you can’t find people and sometimes they don't say things quite as well as you'd like them to because they get a little bit nervous.

So, I want to encourage you, early in your search. early as you are preparing to search, to reach out to folks that you think might be good references. It gives you time to find them if they're not at numbers or email addresses that you expect them to be. It gives you time to speak with them in advance and say, “I am up or something now. I'd like to use you as a reference. Let me ask you a question. What do you think about my work?” And kind of hear what their answers would be and you can do a Google search for the typical questions they might ask on a reference check so that, in this way, you can you hear what they might say to a typical reference check call and. Then, perhaps, redirect them..

So you might say, “I heard what you said was such and such. Would you feel comfortable saying this instead?” I am not asking you to ask them to lie but I'm asking you to perhaps help them with languaging what they're trying to say to put you in the best possible light. If they do a half-assed job, if they do and average job about promoting you, sometimes firms will go to their 2nd choice, rather than you or if they did make the offer to you, sometimes. It is not quite for as much money as you might be looking for.

That's why references and hearing your references in advance is so important to you that why I've always encouraged people to do is when other folks leaving organizations. I want to make sure you have their personal email address and phone number so when the word gets out that they are looking or that, every person that is leaving, I should say, you’re collecting that data all the way along the lines so that when person that's leaving, you know where they are going to (that's another way that you can find them in the future, right), a personal email address for them, phone number. 3 ways that you get in touch in case you need them.,

So, again, figure out your references, talk to your references and prepare your references way before you need them.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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