References: What Are They Saying?

I wrote about something that happened recently (and which has happened many time in the past) – someone gave me their references to check…and their references didn’t have great things to say. In other cases, I have checked someone’s references and the people I’m talking to don’t really know what the person’s competence levels are in various technical areas. To that end, I put down some thoughts on how to build a list of references – and this is something you can get started on whether you are just starting your first job out of school, or you’ve been working for 10+ years. Sometimes, references can make the difference in the outcome of a job search: