http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44639552/ns/business-careers/#.ToCI7exuAcAUnemployed candidates need to get creative in landing work
Earlier this month, Bruce Hurwitz, CEO of recruiting firm Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, had a finalist for a position with a company where he places employees. When Hurwitz asked for references the candidate sent three names: His clergyman, a man that introduced him to his wife and his brother-in-law.
“My client literally laughed this person's candidacy away,” Hurwitz recalled.
Unfortunately, failing to come up with solid, professional references can doom your job search.
“Serious reference checking tends to happen late in the hiring game after interviews but before a final decision is made,” explained William Holland, author of “Cracking the New Job Market: Seven Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy.”
This is absolutely a HUGE problem! I've encountered it myself and having an interview tomorrow it is something I'm concerned about. Employers will use anything to discriminate against the unemployed and it leaves you up the river without a paddle. Just another obstacle to trying to find a job in this flat lining economy.
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