December 15, 2014
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If you’ve filled out a standard job application at any time during the past few decades, you’ve probably puzzled over the “personal references” that many employers still request. Since you’re including contact information for supervisors who can attest to your on the job experience, professionalism, and work ethic, why would prospective employers want to talk to your third grade teacher or your Scout troop leader?
The ‘Why’ of personal references.
There are many reasons why today’s hospitality industry employers might ask for personal references, but most of them boil down to the same core motivation–hiring managers are looking for the most complete, multi-dimensional impression of each candidate that they can get.
For a number of different reasons, traditional job-related references sometimes don’t offer hiring managers the ideal way to get to know a candidate. Due to increasingly stringent legal requirements and liability concerns, many employers are unable to provide references that go much beyond confirming the dates of employment and eligibility for rehire.
In contrast, personal references offer hiring managers the opportunity to get a much more complex picture of each candidate. Although it was once widely believed that personal references weren’t as objective as professional references, a growing number of hiring managers in the hotel and restaurant industries now take a more nuanced view of the issue. While personal references usually aren’t afforded the same weight as professional references, they still play an important role in the decision-making rubric for some hiring managers.
The ‘Who’ of personal references.
These days, the resurgence in the popularity of personal references has made it much more likely that you’ll be asked to furnish some in the course of your hotel, foodservice, or restaurant job search. So, what should you do if you’re asked to supply the names and contact information of a few friends and associates before your next job interview? Here are some guidelines to help you pick the very best personal references.
Don’t be intimidated if your prospective employer requests personal references. In fact, if you choose them carefully, your personal references can really help boost your professional prospects and help you land your next hospitality industry job!
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