If you conduct the above due diligence and get a job? Your references should be the first ones you tell (after your immediate family and current employer). If a year or two has passed, and you find yourself looking again, start the above process all. over. again.
The above is basic 101, right? Yet I’ve had some weird and uncomfortable calls thanks to a few people NOT following these rules.
It’s been almost three years since I left my last place of work. Unless you’ve worked with me at my current job, you better follow these rules if you expect me to say anything to an HR manager or recruiter.
References may read like a few names on a page. But expecting someone to endorse your talent and abilities is a big deal. I get more courtesy and respect from people on social networks, people I’ve never met in person. Think about that. /rant