Here’s something anyone looking to get hired should know:
Just like your math teacher used to say: “Show me your work!” employers want to see your references.
It’s fair to say, not having references can hurt your chances of getting hired and lead a potential employer to choose another candidate over you.
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
So let’s talk about the importance of references throughout the hiring process and how easy it is to add them to your Communo profile.
Common myths about references you’ve probably heard
You’ve already done the hard work, and now it’s time to get those references you’ve earned for a job well done. What’s standing in your way? These are the four most common misconceptions job seekers have about references.
☛ Employers won’t even check them
Yes they will. Frankly, 90% of potential employers say they check references when evaluating candidates. It’s what makes them trust and want to work with you.
“Contrary to what many job seekers may believe, most hiring managers will eventually contact your references,” says Business.com.
☛ I don’t want to ask
We know freelancers have a hard time bragging about their work. It’s that good ol’ imposter syndrome making it hard to internalize our own accomplishments, and making us nervous about asking for that vote of confidence.
But the thing is, you’ve earned it and it’s time for other companies to hear your story and see how trustworthy you are.
☛ I’ll just ask my cousin to write one
References can make or break your chances of landing a job, so the person providing the reference really does matter. Here are some people you should never use as job references:
- family members,
- anyone who fired you (this may seem obvious, but it happens),
- friends or roommates and
- anyone who’s not expecting a call.
It is important to choose relevant job references who know your work and can vouch for your skills.
☛ One should be enough
According to HBR, “Savvy, smart candidates provide three references—often a mixture of former and current bosses, coworkers, and subordinates—that can speak to their different strengths.”
And we’ve seen that Communo freelancers with more than three references on their profile rank higher in the candidate search and are more likely to get shortlisted, interviewed, and hired.
Here’s how to get references on Communo
Check out these three easy steps on how to get references and start building trust on the platform.
Step #1. Access Your References
Go to your profile dropdown menu, and under ‘Edit Profile’ you will find ‘References.’
Step #2. Request a Reference
Click on “Request a Reference.” Enter the contact’s email address and your role within the company. Write a short message so that the employer knows who you are. Add only important information to make sure your reference will work for you, not against.
After submitting this form, your employer will receive a notification email and the reference will appear on your profile as soon as they complete it. Here’s how it will look on your profile:
PS: You can also hide references from showing up on your profile. Go to your references section and click on “View References.”
You will see a small “Visible” eye icon below the picture of the individual who gave you the reference, and by toggling this icon to “Hidden” you will successfully hide that reference from showing on your profile.
That’s all, folks. We hope getting references and how to do it makes more sense for you now. If you have any questions, please shoot us an email at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.