It's one of the basics of job search: You have your killer resume, a multitude of networking contacts and a rock-solid list of three to five references to help back up your past performance. But do you really know what these references are saying about you? You may think you've chosen the best, friendliest supervisors who love your work. But they may not always be discussing you in the most favorable light.
According to Jeff Shane, vice president of reference-check firm Allison & Taylor, about half of all job-seeker references reviewed by his firm contained negative information that could potentially harm a candidate's chances of getting the job.