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Tips For Finding A Job How To Find A Job

Updated on December 11, 2013

It’s so hard to find a job these days and we need all the help we can get. When you make a resume you put down your job history and people you worked for in the past but are you doing it right?

This is concerning employers you no longer work for and have added to your resume. Of course your current place of work will have current information but old ones may not.

What number should you use?

Some people just put down the main number and name of the person they worked for but if it is a large company it could be difficult to find the right person. How many Bob Smith’s work there?

Give a direct line when possible. Call and verify the number you are using to make sure it is still his direct line; he may have gotten promoted or moved to another department. Businesses sometimes change their calling format and phone company systems.

Human Resources

This can be a big department with frequent turnovers and you don’t want a clerk to give out your personal information over the phone.

If you do choose to go this route due to your supervisor no longer working there or passing away, check to see what is in your file.

How do you do that?

Pretend to be an employer.

Call your past places of employment and ask questions a potential boss would ask. If you are afraid someone might recognize you, ask a friend.

Why did he leave?

Was he reliable?

Was he a good worker?

Did he get along with associates?

Changing information in your file.

Depending on your rapport with your past employers you may be able to improve your file information.

Journalists do it all the time; they put a slant on the news making it sound better or worse than it really is. All you have to do is help them reword the information so it doesn’t sound negative.

Say for instance you had a health problem that kept you from doing that particular job and your doctor recommended that you quit. Legally, an employer isn’t supposed to give out medical information but not everyone knows the laws or realizes the ramifications. If personal medical information is in your file you should be able to get them to change it.

If you had a difference with a past supervisor and he is no longer there, see if another manager you got along with can write up a recommendation. Someone who was a coworker may now be in a higher position and can make your file sound better.

Make sure you are still in their records.

Companies purge old information from time to time especially if they have a lot of employees that come and go. They can’t possibly keep everything. If you gave a place of work from fifteen years a go chances are they may not have you on record anymore.

Try to find someone who still remembers you. Use that person as a reference on your resume and give their phone number. Double check their extension or direct line and talk to them. Let them know you are looking for another job and ask if it’s okay to give their name and number so they won’t be surprised.

Meet with your old boss.

Another thing that helps is to take your past manager to lunch. Let him know you are looking for another job and need a good reference. I know a guy who did this and got a job back at his old company. The management and conditions had changed so it was a better place than when he’d worked there before. Someone was retiring leaving an opening. It wasn’t advertised yet so he got an early notice. Knowing people on the inside helps.

Do companies really check your references?

Yes, some do, especially when there are fewer jobs and more people looking for work. They have a much larger number to choose from so they want to make sure they pick the right one. You want to make sure your chances are the very best and checking your own references first is the best way to insure this happens.


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    • Pamela N Red profile image

      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Au Fait. I'm glad I could help.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Very good advice. With such a horrible job market out there, every advantage counts. Great hub! Voting you UP and useful.

    • Pamela N Red profile image

      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      It works, Daffy Duck. They have no way of knowing who you are over the phone lines.

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      Daffy Duck 6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      Pretending to be an employer. Now that's funny. :)

    • Pamela N Red profile image

      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, Chatkath. I hope it helps some find a job.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      You make some good points! Especially with larger companies, they outsource the reference/background/educational check so it is a really good idea to make sure that the information you provide is accurate and makes you look good. Best way to be sure of that is to check it yourself so there are no surprises!

      Thanks for sharing Pamela.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Ardot. It's a good way to find out what they are saying about you.

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      Ardot 6 years ago from Canada

      Genius, pretending to be an employer to see what they say about you, pure genius! Voted up.