Week3 Assignment - Chapter 3:Preparing for the Interview...

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Chapter 3: Preparing for the Interview Part 1: Gather Personal and Professional References 10 points During the interview and job search process, prospective employers will usually solicit professional references for each candidate. According to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey, more than eight of ten human resource professionals, (89 percent), said that they regularly conduct reference checks for professional positions. Professional references are references from individuals who can attest to your skills, qualifications, and abilities. Professional references can include managers, colleagues, clients, business contacts, and others who can recommend you for employment. In addition to professional references, employers may request personal or character references. Personal or character references are provided by people with whom you've never worked in a traditional job setting. They are best provided by someone who can speak on behalf of your personal or academic pursuits. Family friends and Instructors (past and present) are excellent options for personal or character references! On the average, employers check three references for each candidate, so it's important to be prepared to provide them. It's essential to your references, to select the right people, and to talk to them in advance about using them. Instructions: 1 Connect with 2 individuals who can attest to your skills, qualifications, and abilities to request that they serve as a professional reference. 2 Connect with 2 individuals who can attest to your personal and academic endeavors to request that they serve as a personal or character reference. 3 Inform him/her that you are searching for a new position and with their permission, would appreciate being able to use him/her as a reference to speak about your qualifications, skills and abilities. 4 Complete the chart below with the contact information for your personal and professional references. NOTE: These references will be used by our Career Services team to share with prospective employers, so be sure you have permission to use this contact. When you provide a professional reference to a prospective employer, include the person's name, job title, company, address, phone number and email address. For personal or character references, the company name and address are not needed, however it is important to highlight your relationship to this person instead. Be sure that you have the person's permission to use them as a reference before you give out their contact information.
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