There’s a famous story retold by Napoleon Hill in Think & Grow Rich, in which gentleman by the name of Darby moved out west from Maryland to Colorado with his uncle in search of gold during the rush days. At first it was going well, but they had financed the machinery and each day they dug further into the ground, they were also digging themselves further into debt. They finally decided to sell the machinery to a local machinery junkman.
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You’ve polished your resume. You’ve brushed up on the latest trends in your industry. Your cover letter is succinct and tailored for each employer. You’re ready to start the job hunt in earnest. There’s just one problem. When was the last time you talked with your references?
If it’s been a long time since you’ve been in touch with your references, you’ll need to reach out to them before you start putting their names on your application forms. No one likes to be surprised, and if you don’t let your references know you’re looking for work, they might feel unprepared to respond to questions. And that won’t look good for you.
Contacting someone just to ask a favor can be uncomfortable, but following these tips will help you make the best impression.
Before your next employer ever meets you, they’re going to get to know you online. What you say and how you present yourself on social media can make the difference between never getting an interview and getting placed at the top of the candidate pile.