Catholic References: The old adage “it ain’t what you know it’s who you know” still has a lot of truth to it. Sometimes this old phrase was stated in a derogatory light by people upset that they did not get a job or an advancement because someone else had “a connection”, and the disappointment is understandable. However, my answer to that is get you own dang connections, and many times these are synonymous with your References.
As a recruiter, I can’t stress enough how important good references are. They can make or break you in the final stages of the job offer process. I have had candidates who “closed the deal” with a great reference check (this is where either the client or myself actually picks up the phone and talks to the reference about you….can be very enlightening!) and a few who have been rejected because something came out in the reference check that gave me and/or the client reason to pause and rethink.
As a Catholic candidate looking for a Catholic job you absolutely should use your Catholic contacts as good references. A priest you have known for a long time or a favorite professor from college are great references. In the secular corporate world, you might have to give this some thought and consideration. The companies are few and far between who overtly welcome people to bring their faith into the work place and even those would have their limits (Chick-fil-a and Hobby Lobby come to mind).
Here are some practical tips you should use on your references:
References are a very powerful tool and often don’t get the attention they deserve. When I have a candidate who offers solid references from the 3 companies they have worked for in their career, I intuitively know that they have had a good track record and those References should confirm it!