CategoryJob References

What To Do If You Have No Work References?

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Finding a job, whether it’s your first job or your 10th, can be quite a daunting task. But this is especially true if you are trying to get your first job, a job after an extended stretch of unemployment, or you simply find yourself in a situation where you have no work references to offer.  To that end, this article is going to unpack what to do if you have no work references. Do...

How Many References Should You Have?

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During the job interview process, a potential employer may ask you to submit references along with your application. Generally, if you’re a candidate that is being considered for the position, that request will happen towards the end of the hiring process. Once they get your references, the employer will then call and ask your references some questions about your background and experience...

Can Employers Contact References Without Asking For Permission First?

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When you’re applying for jobs, companies will sometimes request your references early on in the job application process. In some cases, they’ll want your references provided with the job application itself. And that can be a bit concerning for applicants because, in many cases, you won’t want them to contact your references until you’re really serious about the company...

Will I Receive a Job Offer After A Reference Check?

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You submitted an application. Were invited to an interview. Made it through multiple rounds. And the company asks for your references. It’s a great sign. And it means that things are going well. You’re potentially on the verge of a job offer. But does getting your references checked mean that you’ve got the job in the bag? This article will help you answer “will I receive...

How Long After a Reference Check to Get a Job Offer?

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A reference check is frequently one of the final steps in the job interview process and can often mean that a job offer is on the way. But how long after a reference check does typically take to get a job offer? And what does it mean if you’re being ghosted by the interviewer after your reference check? This article will answer those questions and others around how long it takes after a...

How Recent Should Job References Be?

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If you’re in the process of getting together a list of references for a job search, you’re likely thinking about a variety of different factors for who should be on your list. And one of the key questions about your job reference list is “how recent should job references be.” This article is going to unpack that question for you and offer recommendations and best practices...

Can I List Someone As a Reference Without Asking Them

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Particularly if you’re early in your career, finding a sufficient number of references for a job application can be challenging. Generally, companies expect around three – five job references and it can be a pain to meet that requirement. And even if you have that number of references, it can be difficult to get a hold of all of them to confirm that they’re willing to be...

What is a Job Reference?

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If you’re early in your career and are out applying for jobs for the first time, you may have come across a requirement to provide job references as a part of an application or interview process. And if you’re reading this article, you’re likely wondering what is a job reference, who qualifies as a professional reference, and how you get a reference. To that end, this article is...

Who to Use As References: 8 Examples & Who to Avoid

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Whether you’re applying for your first job, a promotion, or an executive level role, references are an important part of the job search process. They provide a critical third-party source of information about your ability to do a job and you should expect that companies that have quality hiring practices will lean upon them for information about you. To that end, this article unpacks what...

What to Do If Your References Don’t Respond?

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You’ve been applying for jobs. You find one that you’re excited about. You make it all the way through the interviews process and are onto the last step (reference checks). But one of your references won’t respond to the company.  Making it that far in the interview process only to have one of your references not respond is extremely frustrating and it can be difficult to...

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