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To Find a Great Job in Middle Tennessee, Make Sure You Prepare Your References

So what does a Middle Tennessee job seeker have to do these days to land a great opportunity?

You have to think ahead further in the hiring process.  When a recruiter contacts you and invites you in for an interview, you need to have your resume ready, your interview answers prepared, your appearance polished and your references prepped.

That’s right – prepared in advance.  Beyond merely gathering a list of solid employment references, you must adequately prep your references to respond favorably when a potential employer calls for a reference check.

In today’s competitive job market, a strong recommendation from a former employer can make or break your chances of landing a job.  Don’t let this important step fall through the cracks!  Use these tips from Wood Personnel to ensure glowing recommendations from references – and land the job you want:

  • Check for awareness.  First and foremost, never provide the name of a reference without getting that person’s permission first.  Make sure each of your contacts is aware that they’re on your reference list.
  • Ask about what they’ll say.  Be sure that each reference is willing to answer questions about you in a timely, positive and honest manner.  Ask him what he would say about you to a recruiter – particularly, your strengths, weaknesses, reliability and status of rehire eligibility (i.e., would he hire you again?).  If a reference seems reluctant to provide feedback, take him off your list.
  • Provide talking points for references.  Email each reference a list of the qualities and abilities you want employers to know about you.  Include your dates of employment, title and primary responsibilities, as well as your biggest accomplishments while you worked for each individual.  Remember, it’s okay to encourage your references to talk up your strengths – their input can make all the difference in whether or not you get your dream job!
  • Alert your references before an employer calls.  When the time comes, give your references a “heads-up” to let them know when they’ll likely get a call.  Remind them how important the opportunity is to you and how much you appreciate their help.
  • Keep in touch regularly.  While you’re on the job hunt, periodically touch base with your references to let them know how your search is progressing.

Find a Great Job with Wood Personnel

Register with Wood Personnel and avail yourself of immediate temporary, contract and direct opportunities with Gibson County’s best employers.  We’ll listen to your needs, assess your skills and match you with a great job – that may not be advertised anywhere else.  Want to know more?  Contact a Wood Personnel recruiter today.