Career Directors International Reminds Job Seekers to Update Their Employment References with 9th Annual International Update Your References Week Starting May 5th

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As a job seeker, it is critically important to be fully prepared for the job search, which includes having established strong employment references. Too often this aspect falls through the cracks, which is why Career Directors International (CDI) created International Update Your References Week to empower and educate job seekers about the importance of selecting appropriate references, preparing those references to act as their advocates, and also ensuring job seekers are prepared to overcome reference-related challenges.

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CDI's 9th Annual International Update Your References Week

International Update Your References Week was born to educate job seekers about the importance of having an up-to-date references sheet as well as references who are prepared to talk about them.

Ask most job seekers what should be included in their resume and they can answer. Tell them they need employment references, and suddenly they are stumped.

Career Directors International, a global association of resume writers and career coaches, recognized the need to educate job seekers about the need for them to have up-to-date reference pages as well as educated references who are prepared to talk about them. As a result, International Update Your References Week, scheduled the first full week of May each year, was born.

Now in its ninth year, career and resume professionals everywhere continue to spread the word about International Update Your References Week and to use the event as a platform to educate job seekers on the necessity of preparing and maintaining effective employment references. A registered event, it can benefit everyone interested in helping job seekers to better prepare and succeed in their job search and career management.

To help get job seekers started, CDI asked their member resume writers, career coaches, and recruiters to share the secrets to a successful reference page. Following are a few key tips with the rest available on the Update Your References Week web page.

1. Why do references need to be provided to an employer?

Up to 60% of employers check references, so it is necessary for job seekers to be prepared to be asked for them. Offering them at the end of the interview is proactive and demonstrates a job seeker is confident about his or her skills and relationships.

2. Who makes a good reference?

Appropriate references are usually previous bosses, supervisors, employers or leaders of volunteer organizations for which an individual is affiliated. If this limits the job seeker, then he or she might consider customers, vendors, professors, and/or professional colleagues from networking, professional or community organizations. Select only individuals who will give a positive, professional reference. When in doubt, it is best not to use someone as a reference.

3. How many references are required?

Typically, a reference page should include three (3) business references and possibly one (1) or two (2) personal references, excluding family members. Never exceed six (6) references unless specifically requested to do so as this is overkill.

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For more great tips and strategies for preparing references, visit CDI’s Update Your References Week web page. Take part with CDI in celebrating and promoting International Update Your References Week – May 5th – 11th. Additional free job seeker resources can be found in CDI's Job Seeker site.

About CDI: Career Directors International – http://www.careerdirectors.com
CDI is a global professional association that is committed to ensuring that career and resume professionals can grow and thrive in a rich, vibrant, exciting, safe, and nurturing environment. CDI is focused on championing the industry’s cause for credibility and visibility; fostering exceptional success in every generation of career and resume professionals; and cultivating the career superhero that exists within each one of us.

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