Consider Your References and Expect to be Considered!

Resume has been saved. Cover letter is complete. Now all that stands between you and your finished application is your list of references.  Easy. This part should just take a few minutes, right?  After all, you’ve known good ole Stan (or Dan or Jan) for decades now.  Stan and the gang are your go-to references for any and all things on your job search. He uses nice letterhead and is sure to reply to an email or phone call in record time.   But, stop for a minute.  What has Stan actually said or done in the past to help you land your ideal job?  What has the use of a reference of a former supervisor or coworker done to set you apart from the other hopeful candidates? Chances are that you have never really put that much effort into such questions.  Many have never paused to question what value solid and professional references really [...]