Referrals go a long way in shaping your career. Recruiters since time immemorial have attached considerable importance to this factor while getting new recruiters on board. The form of reviews has undergone sea changes with the progress of time. There was a time when employers primarily had to depend on word of mouth or for that matter personal recommendations from a close and trusted circle before getting an employee on board. Today, however, there are so many channels to help them with their cause- LinkedIn, Facebook and Google Plus are a few of the digital channels from where your potential employers can see how your present and ex bosses have reviewed you. LinkedIn is definitely the most used referral channel since it has a dedicated profile summary section where you can request your employers to review your work.
Can anyone in your professional network actually review your services poorly?
When it comes to Facebook and Google you can just request them to share their experience with you in the form of updates. There are a few organizations that might even require you to provide names of a few ex-bosses and colleagues whom they can contact via e-mails or phone to find out about you. This happens after you are successful in acing the board interview. The referrals are a part of the final stage of their decision.
Now, you might not really be able to secure a new job at the first place if you end up garnering bad reviews. What if your boss chooses to absolutely put you down while offering his feedback to your potential recruiters? What if that colleague of yours does a volte-face too?
How should you act?
You would definitely like to provide a well-thought out list of reviewers or referees to your new employer. Do not take a job opportunity for granted – thinking that you can randomly present names because you know that whatever your co-workers say about you the job is yours. We have already conveyed the importance of these reviews above – so act in accordance. Avoid putting forward names of colleagues with whom you had shared an equation ruled by animosity – at least, at some of point of time, if not now.
Tell your colleagues or boss in advance that your potential employees might call them for their feedback. Ask them to be good to you. Remember these tips without fail. They will definitely facilitate your attempts at avoiding bad reviews.