WHAT YOU SHOULD NEVER DO WHEN RECEIVING A JOB OFFER

  1. Give the recruiter or potential employer a resume with errors;
  2. Being organized is crucial to interview success; if you have multiple resume versions ensure you email the correct copy to the recruiter and/or potential employer;
  3. Never give the recruiter or potential employer references not vetted;
  4. Never send your references: in the body of the email – use an attachment (saves the hiring authority from looking through emails and wasting time when it can be saved and retrieved with ease;
  5. Never make errors when engaged in any type of written or verbal communication when reaching out to a potential employer and/or recruiter; there is a zero error tolerance for spelling and grammar errors when presenting contact information for references or for any email exchanges;
  6. Never give a potential employer a copy of your severance papers by mistake thinking it would act as a reference..

WHAT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS DO IF RECEIVING A JOB OFFER:

  1. Ensure you manage your job search efforts and know which companies or opportunities you have applied to; pluginemployment.com offers 134 programs and interactive workbooks to assist you.
  2. When you get a call from a recruiter or potential employer, if you are not sure what company or position they are discussing, ask for their telephone number, mention you are driving and can stop in x minutes and call them back; locate the position and posting so that you are prepared for a comprehensive discussion;
  3. Once you begin the interview process you should have your references ready to go; wait for the recruiter or employer to ask for references don’t just send them;
  4. Ensure you speak with (if possible) your references if not please send an email with “immediate response would be appreciated” prior to completing the interview process;
  5. Double check that all contact information is up to date and ensure accuracy; add in the relationship with your references, how long you reported to or worked with the reference; as a general rule include 1 – 2 direct bosses and one colleague and if you managed a team, one team member that reported to you directly.