Reference Checks at Your Current Job | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman , The Big Game Hunter discusses how to respond when a potential employer asks to check references at your current job.
 
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Today's question involves a reference situation. The question basically translates into, "So, let's say there interested in hiring me and they want to check a reference with my CURRENT employer, the one I'm still working for. What do I do?"

There is a real simple answer that question. You politely say, "It's too soon for you to talk to my current employer. After all, you're probably checking references on a few people. At the end of the day, you may choose to select 1 of the others. Then I left in the awkward position of returning to an employer who knows I was trying to leave them. I'm happy to provide you with references from previous employers but it's way too soon for me to offer one for my current employer."

As always, it's not just what you say but how you say it that's most important. You don't want to sound nervous; you don't want to sound frightened. You just want to speak very certainly about that not be acceptable to you.

 
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EP 306 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the new way firms check you out.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
 
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How Do I Stay in Contact With My References During a Long Job Search? – Job Search Radio

If you do with the right way, you will establish your references at the beginning of the job search so you know who they are and what they will say and can include them in an application when you fill one out. But, often, a lot of time goes by from the time that you first speak with them until the time that you need them. How do you stay in contact? How do you keep them on their toes so they are ready when you need them?

 
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How do you stay in contact with the references when you know you to be involved with a lengthy job search?

So much of this question reveals a lack of confidence on the part of the job hunter. First of all, I don’t know how long a “long job search” is. Let’s assume this person knows it will be a long job search because they realize that they are a beginner or they have antiquated skills or experience that will cause it to be a long job search.

First of all, you need to accept the fact that you will need to do work in order to make this not a long job search. By that, I mean that there are things you will need to learn or relearn that the job market demands of you that will improve your chances, instead of being like a feather in the wind blowing from place to place. You take charge of your own career and learn what you need to learn. That’s step number one

Step number two is how do you stay in contact with people? You stay in contact are limited basis but not an abusive basis. For example, you write what seems like a personal note. Instead of doing a bulk copy or blind copy to five people who might be references, and send it to one person at a time.

The subject line could be something like, “Status update.” The message could read, “I’m not at a point yet where my interviews will yield an offer, but I want to let you know that I’m still looking, keep this in your mind.” Then remind them of the few points you want them to make at the right time so it just doesn’t hit the like a ton of bricks.

Continue by saying, “Have no fear. When I need you I will contact you immediately and say,” ‘It’s time.'” That will give them the habit of knowing that that is the code phrase for, “I really need you.”

Doing it every 4 to 6 weeks is fine, just to send a quick report on your job search and where you are. You don’t have to mention companies by name. You just want them to know that she was still looking for a position and you’ll be in contact when you need them.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

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