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004 Reference List

Updated 07/22/2017

   While information is still available to you, construct
   a contact list for potential Job References. This is the
   time to begin this so the information is still fresh in
   your mind and in their memories.
    See the free attached Excel Spreadsheet below for this purpose.

   Every company has their "standards" regarding your
   references. They will often vary by:

     -  each reference letter should include the following information:
           -  approximate dates they worked with you
           -  what your relationship was and what activities were you engaged in
           -  your job title then along with their title
           -  their current mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number
           -  information regarding your performance, quality focus, trustworthiness, ability to complete
               assignments, ability to work with others including customers

     -  help your references by providing them:
          -  information on projects or other activities you worked with them on with details
          -  information helps them on many levels and allows them to provide more
          -  information to the requesting group(s).

     -  number of references:
-  assume a minimum of 3, maximum of 10.  3 is typical.

     -  reference letters should:
-  be typed and signed by your reference and mailed to the requestor by the reference
           -  some companies will accept e-mails but many want original paper should something go badly
           -  employers know how easy it is to fabricate a reference between family and friends
           -  e
xpect each person to be contacted and asked for more information about them

     -  keep your references updated
         -  weekly can be excessive and an impact your needed references
           -  inform your contacts on the companies likely to call them and about when
           -  ask your reference to contact you if they contact your reference
               if the company is checking, they are interested in you; gives clue where they are in their process
           -  most companies have a deadline for references, thus another reason to keep your references
               involved. Sometimes deadlines are reasonable, sometimes they are 
very short which helps to
               minimize risk of potential misrepresentation

     How To Get Employment References  |  TheBalance, Alison Doyle                                                     May 12, 2017
     Do you have employment references ready to share with prospective employers? At
     some point during your job search, a potential employer will request references.
     Typically, it will be when the company is seriously interested in you as a potential hire.
     It's important to be prepared to provide a list of employment references who can attest
     to the skills and qualifications that you have for the job you are applying for.

    What employers want from job references  |  Monster, Jamie Thork
    The reference check can really be what makes (or breaks) a job search.
    A great resume and solid interview skills may place job seekers in the running for
    a position, but a survey conducted by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service, finds
    that the results of a reference check can really be what makes -- or breaks -- a job
Hiring managers interviewed for the survey said they remove about 21
    percent of candidates from consideration after speaking to their professional
    Managers also were asked, "When speaking to an applicant's job references, what
    is the most important information you hope to receive?" Their responses:

    DOCUMENT TO KEEP REFERENCES INFORMATION (Excel Format: .xls and .xlsx)
    Not everyone is a wiz with computer tools so attached below is a sheet in Excel
   that should meet your requirements to track Reference information over the years.
   What does this sheet do for me?
    1.  Place for two sets of years you knew them: both From and To Sometimes people vanish for a while.
         This includes space for (a) where you worked together, Your and Their Title, About Your Relationship
    2.  Row for their Mailing Address, one row for e-mail Address, one row for what they were doing last.
    3.  Field for Cell phone number, Field for last contact date
    4.  On PC viewing allows column headings to remain on the screen; printed copy has this on each page
    5.  Each person's information is seperated from the next with a bold black line for each reading
   NEVER EVER hand this sheet over to an employer. This is a trust relationship between you and the people
   on the list. You should always get their consent to use their name before sending it to an employer.

   You don't have Excel? No problem. have Excel? No problem.  Go to OpenOffice.org You can download
Apache OpenOffice product for free.  It can handle most Microsoft Excel and Word files.

The CT Groups,
Jul 22, 2017, 12:38 PM