Most job seekers spend a lot of time on their resumes. A smaller number spend some time preparing for interviews. But few give the job reference process the priority it deserves. In fact, many treat it as the easiest part of the job search. That shouldn’t be… and it may cost you a job offer. It is customary for employers to conduct reference and background checks on candidates they are planning to hire. Studies have shown that 80% of employers conduct reference checks, and this is because they need to validate the accuracy of the resume and whatever other information the candidate provided. So how do you excel in the area of job references? Read more.