Providing References in Job Search

Providing References in Job Search

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – order on Amazon

Providing References in Job search – here is more advice from The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book.

Recruiters usually ask for references when you apply for a job. And many job seekers feel uncomfortable about approaching potential referees. You shouldn’t feel embarrassed though. Most people feel flattered when asked, but you should give them the opportunity to say no. Tell them you will understand if they feel they simply don’t know you well enough to help.

Here are my top tips for providing references in job search successfully.

  • Don’t add referees to your CV. When providing references, list them on a separate piece of paper if they are asked for by the recruiter.
  • Provide at least three. If the recruiter doesn’t specify how many are required, give three with clear contact information. Contact details should include name, role, organization, postal address, email and telephone number.
  • Include professional connections who will say things that support how well you are qualified for the job. You could include employers, colleagues and customers from earlier jobs. Also people you have worked with as a volunteer, or studied with like teachers and lecturers.
  • Short on professional references? Include a personal reference who can attest to your character and abilities.
  • Your present employer. If your present employer doesn’t know you are applying, don’t give their name at an early stage. If you are successful you will probably be asked to give their details later. Have care when you tell your present employer you are applying elsewhere and show them how you aim to support your current work before any move.
  • Ask permission. Always ask permission before you give someone’s name and tell them about any vacancy where you have mentioned them.
  • Remind your referees how good you are. I usually suggest people explain the vacancy to their referees and remind them why they think it is a good fit.
  • Are you in the public sector? Many public sector organizations will only offer bland references as your employer. When it arrives their reference may only be a statement that you worked for them in a particular grade or role over a particular time. Most large private sector employers know this but for others you may have to explain. You will usually need to give something more. Try asking your line manager or someone in your management line, if they would be ready to give you a personal reference as well as the one sent officially by HR. Many managers are more ready than you expect to help. Also consider approaching retired senior colleagues and others who have left the organization. You might also consider asking for a personal reference from someone who holds a senior position in the private sector. This is where people you have met during work in a voluntary capacity may be useful. Otherwise, consider people you have met through clubs and associations.
  • Say thank you. It is courteous thank your referees and let them know the outcome of your application. Who knows, if you are unsuccessful, they may be only too happy to let you know about a vacancy they just heard about.”

This is advice from my book; The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book, How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters.

Other resources for the job seeker

As a job seeker, there are lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket book.

Providing References in Job Search
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL

Remember working with a career coach can really help job search. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

Job Search Success – What Does It Take?

Job Search Success – What Does It Take?

Job search success –  what is it that marks out the successful job seeker?

My experience with clients has shown that successful job hunting today takes commitment, confidence, flexibility, resilience and technique. And you’ll find tips on all those things in what follows.

Commitment to job search success

You’ll need to commit time and energy to your job search. Many successful job seekers spend 36 to 40 hours a week looking for work. Sounds just like work doesn’t it? But keeping a regular routine and having structure pays great dividends.

Confidence

If you are not already a very confident person, or the experience that brings you here has knocked your confidence, the work we will do to help you understand and appreciate your past successes can help you to feel confident again.

Flexibility

Being willing to adapt and to accept change opens up all kinds of possibilities. This is certainly easier with more confidence. You’ll explore flexibly meeting the needs of a potential employer in the pages that follow.

Resilience

Resilience, like confidence, is something you may have to work hard at. Finding work may take longer than you expect and you will probably have to bounce back from some knocks on the way. You will be in good company, though. Lots of good people have suffered the same kind of knocks only to bounce back and be very successful at their next attempt, or the one after that.

Technique

If you have been out of the job market for a while, there will be new techniques to learn and some you need to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wowing them at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips on this blog, Try this link.”

job search success
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

You can find more help for your job search in the “The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book: How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters.” Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL .

Working with a coach really can help you find job search success. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

 

Top Tips for Handling Assessment Centres

Top Tips for Handling Assessment Centres

This is an extract from my new book now to be called The WiseWolf Job Search  Pocket Book, How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters, to be published in September 2014. You can find my  Amazon page at this Link 
Wendy Mason is a Life and Career Coach

Here are my top tips for handling Assessment Centres

  1. Be Yourself! Work on the basis the assessors know what they are doing. They will be able to see through an act. Of course you should keep your wits about you and show your best but try to relax enough to let the real you shine through. You may want to use a simple relaxed breathing technique during the odd break.
  2. Know the criteria. Usually, the assessors will be assessing you against a predefined list of qualities and competencies for the job. For most public sector jobs you’ll probably know what these are before the event. In the private sector, openness can vary. But you should try to find out the criteria before the assessment centre.  If you applied through a recruitment agency they should be able to help. At the very least the job description will give an indication of what you’re likely to be measured against.
  3. Manage your time carefully.  Many candidates at assessment centres fail to do themselves justice because they run out of time in the exercises. Where you have to read a brief and then do an exercise afterwards, start by skim reading. After this there is a chance to go back and study important points more carefully once you have a feel for the overall aim and what you are required to do. Keep an eye on your watch and allocate your time carefully.
  4. Don’t put other candidates down. Remember that at an assessment centre you are unlikely to be measured directly against each other; you are being measure against the criteria for the role. Scoring points off others in group exercises doesn’t make you look good. It makes you look like a non-team player and that is not likely to make the assessors warm to you.  Your best strategy is usually to support, not to compete.
  5. Practice if you can.  It really helps if you can run through possible exercises with someone you trust as preparation for the centre. You will find organizations that offer paid-for practice online.
  6. Listen carefully to all instructions. Know what you are doing and show you are doing it. Listen carefully to all instructions and show you are listening through your body language.
  7. Interact with the assessors. If there is an opportunity to interact with the assessors, say at lunch time, then make the most of it.  But don’t be nuisance and certainly don’t hog the limelight.  You want to make an impression memorable for the right reasons.

This book is helpful “Succeeding at Assessment Centres For Dummies”

This is an extract from my new book now to be called The WiseWolf Job Search  Pocket Book, How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters, to be published in September 2014. You can find my  Amazon page at this Link 
Wendy Mason is a Life and Career Coach