There is a saying: “With clothes the new are the best, with friends the old are the best,” and while not spot on when compared job references, it gets the point across.
References are a powerful thing when it comes to landing a good job. They have the ability to put everything a hiring manager reads on your resume into context and lends an outside voice to ideally make you look good. However, the thing with references is that after we’ve used one to get a job, we don’t always stay in contact for the duration we have that job. After all, if they aren’t friends, why would we? That is until the time comes when you need them.
With these tips, you should have no trouble reaching back out to your best references, and a brand new job will be right around the corner.
Reach Out to a Mutual Friend
Most people’s networks are to some degree or another connected, and as such, you likely have a mutual friend or acquaintance with your professional reference. If so, this is a great way to rekindle a relationship with them. Try something like, “Hey, I ran into _____________ the other day, and it turns out you know them too!” The rest is up to you.
Usually, most of us don’t keep tabs on our old bosses or professional references – especially if a professional reference is all they are. However, if they recently celebrated something, a birthday, the birth of a child or a promotion, it is a great way to start a conversation. Send them well wishes, and you’d be surprised at how quickly the conversation goes back to what you both have in common – which is usually work related.
It’s a Date
While you can likely skip the flowers and box of chocolates, a great way to reconnect with an old reference is by asking them out for coffee or a drink. Most people, assuming you left on good terms, would be more than happy to catch up with an old colleague. And we won’t lie, most people have an even harder time saying no if you just so happen to fit the bill.
Awkwardness isn’t So Bad
Remember how we said that following these tips would help you avoid an awkward conversation? Well, in some cases, embracing that awkwardness can be your ticket to reconnecting. Admit that it’s been a while but come across as genuine for wanting to reconnect. Most people are pretty understanding, especially those who are professional and understand the value of a good job reference.
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