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Hays: Have Online Recommendations Killed the Need for References?

Tokyo, Sept 9, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - Referees are still very relevant in today's jobs market despite the explosion of social media and online recommendations, says recruiting experts Hays in Japan.

According to Jonathan Sampson, Regional Director of Hays in Japan, online recommendations are great for showing the skills you are best known for but they are not a substitute for the role references play.

"The referees recruiters and employers value the most are those people you reported to directly," he said. "These people can speak about how you used your skills and experience to add value to their organisation.

"Former managers can also speak to your personal attributes such as reliability, ability to build and leverage relationships and whether you collaborate well with other team members."

According to Hays, it's a good idea to keep track of where your referees are as they too may have moved on from the organisation where you both once worked. "If you leave finding people until the moment you are being asked for their contact details, it will cause you unnecessary stress," says Jonathan.

"There's also such a thing as referee etiquette that you should follow when job hunting. It may have been a number of years since you last looked for a job, so you should contact your referees to ask if they are still happy to speak on your behalf before including them on your resume or providing their details to anyone."

When you know you have been shortlisted for a job or a recruiter asks you to supply at least two referees, Jonathan says it is then time to let your referees know they will soon be contacted and by whom. If you don't know the specific person, just let them know the name of the recruitment firm or employer organisation.

"It's also helpful to provide your referee with a bit of detail about the job and the key skills, qualifications and attributes the employer is seeking," said Jonathan. "You might also outline some of the examples of your work and achievements that you will be relaying in the job interview from the period of time when you reported to your referee.

"You don't want to tell your referees what to say but because much time may have passed since you both worked together, jogging their memory about genuine achievements could be helpful to them as well as you."

Hays, the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.

Hays Specialist Recruitment Japan KK ("Hays") is the largest foreign recruitment company in Japan and operates across the private sector, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. Hays has been in Japan for more than a decade, and boasts a track record of success and growth.

Hays is the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate specialist business units composed of professionals with experience and expertise in the sectors they cover. Hays Japan's thirteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Legal, Life Sciences, Office Professionals, Property, Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain.

Hays is also the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate three local offices, serving the Kanto region from Akasaka and Shinjuku, and Kansai from central Osaka.

Hays Japan is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company with more than 7,840 staff operating from 239 offices across 33 countries.

Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.

Source: Hays

Keiko Asakura
Hays Japan
Marketing Manager
[email protected] 

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