Searching for a job

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — If you’re searching for a job, you might want to spend a little more time checking out your list of references. A new survey from CareerBuilders says that treating references as an afterthought could cost you the job.

According to the survey, 3 out of 5 employers say references don’t always have good things to say about the job candidate. Eighty percent of employers say that they do still contact references and nearly half of those reported having a less favorable opinion of the candidate after speaking with their reference.

We spoke with the president of Career Concepts in Birmingham to find out how you can make sure your resume is working for you and not against you.

“Don’t forget again to prep, because if you don’t check them and you just think, ‘They know me, they love me;’ they might be having a bad day or they might be speaking about something again that doesn’t relate to the job. You want to show that matches as closely as possible,” Marlene Wallace with Career Concepts said.

Wallace also said to make sure you let your reference know you are listing them so they can be available and ready when an employer calls. Send your reference some bullet points about the job you are applying for so they know what kind of work you would be doing and can speak specifically about traits that apply to that particular job.

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