Jobseekers' reference check most important for employers: Study

New York: Smart resume and impressive interview needs to be combined with strong references as reference check can be the real deal maker or breaker for job aspirants, says a latest study.

On an average, 21 percent of job seekers are taken out of consideration by managers after a check of professional references, according to a survey conducted by the staffing service firm OfficeTeam in the US.

OfficeTeam conducted a survey, which included telephone interviews with more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.

The report said that 36 per cent of the employers who get in touch with the references are most interested in description of candidates' past job duties and experience of potential employees. While an additional 31 per cent find out about job seeker' strengths and weaknesses.

Out of the rest, 11 per cent of hiring personnels try to seek confirmation of a job title and dates of employment from job seeker, 8 per cent of them want to ask about description of workplace accomplishments. And the other 7 per cent want to get a sense of the applicant's preferred work culture.

"When hiring managers narrow the field to a few potential candidates, the reference check often becomes the deciding factor," said Office Team Executive Director Robert Hosking.

"To distinguish themselves from the competition, job seekers should assemble a solid list of contacts who can persuasively communicate their qualifications and professional attributes," he added.

Besides, the report offers some tips for creating a reference list that works in favour of people looking for a job. The most important thing is to wisely select individuals who can discuss your abilities and experience that directly relates to the position, not just those with the most impressive job titles.

In addition, job seekers must provide clear contact information of the references, including their names, titles, daytime phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
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