A Piece of Advice About References

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A Piece of Advice About ReferencesIt's been almost a week since I shared my idea with you -- about teaching you one new habit or improvement you can make to your job search game, that will help you double your chances of landing a job in 72.
            
We've already seen some great stuff.
            
Like, how you can put a small twist on the traditional "thank you" note to make them many times more effective...

... and how putting together a short and conversational "elevator pitch" can help you unlock dozens of new opportunities you might otherwise miss...
            
.. and why it's absolutely vital that your resume and cover letter is congruent with the wording of the job positions you're applying for...
            
.. and more.
            
So here's another thing you can do to improve your job search game:
            
Later today, when you get a few minutes, call all of your references and check in with them -- i.e. see how things are going for them, what kind of challenges they face, how you might be able to help them, etc.
            
(If you're not comfortable calling them immediately, email them first, and then try to get on the phone with them later when it feels more natural.)
            
You see, one of the mistakes many job seekers make, one that can sometimes even cost them the job, is that they let their references go cold.
            
When the stakes are high, you want a hiring manager or HR rep calling a reference who is warm -- i.e. who feels some level of affection or admiration for you, and so has a lot of great things to say.
            
So take the time today to call all your old references.
            
If they've gone cold, warm them up again.
            
Make sure that when a hiring manager or HR rep calls them, they're: (a) expecting the call; and (b) eager to put in a good word for you.
            
That's my piece of advice for today.
            
It sounds trivial, but it can be the difference between getting the job and not getting the job. So don't be too quick to dismiss it.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.