This week as Ponca Works was doing what Ponca Works does, we came across in interesting predicament. An employee of a local company came by the office who is soon going to be part of a layoff for that specific project, and this young employee was hoping for a new career in a new area. Ponca Works loves when experienced people with a good record want to find a good, permanent position in Ponca!
We started writing out their experience to work up a great resume. Looking through the open positions that they were interested in, they found the perfect one! As we finalized the resume and sent it in to this perfect job, the excitement was rising. Within one afternoon and with one email, those dreams and hopes went all down the drain. It all came from one phone call to a reference who didn't recommend that employee for hire.
Yikes! The work of searching for a good fit, the work of going through and refining a resume all came down to one bad reference. That should paint a portrait for you on what importance it is to ensure that you have a reference that will speak well of you, who knows your work ethics, who knows about your skill set, and WHO KNOWS TO EXPECT THE CALL!!
A few guidelines for setting up references for you are to:
Ponca Works director Liz Leaming shares her musings on the state of workforce in Ponca City, Oklahoma.