One Small Communication Change That Could Help You Land the Job

You know how to ask for a reference. And once your former boss agrees, you can send a one-line “thank you,” then sit back and wait to hear from your potential employer—right?

Well, you could—but I’m here to strongly advise against it.

Think about it: You know all of your skills and experiences, but you still take the time before your interview to think through how best to articulate connections between your prior work and the job to which you’re applying. Similarly, a former boss could absolutely talk about you on the fly—but wouldn’t she be able to make a stronger case if she focused on the specific skills that correlate to your desired company and position?

As a job seeker, you want to do everything you can to make the best impression possible. So, what if I told you that one quick email could revolutionize how you communicate with your reference? Read on for the one step you must take to get a stronger recommendation.

See the rest of my latest Daily Muse post here.