A large part of what we do here at EatDrinkJobs is brainstorm the best ways to make the often painful process of getting a job as painless as possible. You’re the best, but how do you get employers to know it?
Recommendations! Most people think getting a recommendation relies totally on the person doing the recommending, but there are a few behind the scenes shortcuts to think about before asking the someone to give you a reference. Here are a few of them:
- Start simple: Pick someone who likes you! This is typically helpful when it comes to sounding appealing to prospective employers. If the person giving you a recommendation is only giving it 50% anyone reading it is going to see he/she is not into it.
- Be choosy: If you can afford to be picky then do it. Employers like enthusiasm from employees AND references, it shows you’re good at your job and others know it. Go with the person who will have the best things to say about you. BUT, remember getting a recommendation from a manager will go a long way with employers so don’t be afraid to aim high!
- Don’t be afraid to “encourage”: Everyone needs a little nudge now and then. Filling out a recommendation isn’t much work but sometimes it helps to have something to go on…even if it’s just a few adjectives.
- Dig deep: Even if it’s someone you worked with one summer, two years ago while killing time between your undergrad and grad school degrees. Don’t be afraid to reach out to estranged connections. You’ll be surprised by how many people are willing to take 5 minutes out of their day to help an old colleague.
- Be genuine: Don’t be shady about it. Tell them what you’re looking for. Chances are you’ll get a good response if you’re honest and articulate.
Hard? Not at all. Does it guarantee you a glowing recommendation? Maybe not, but these tips are important to keep in mind when approaching the process. Happy Hunting!