Spring is right around the corner, the snow is melting, and peeks of green are starting to show again. Have you caught the Spring Cleaning bug? As you’re airing out the house, purging and decluttering, we’re going to focus on ways for you to spruce up your professional life with all that energy this month!
This week, take a few minutes to revisit your list of professional references (you do have one, right?). When is the last time you talked to them? Do they know what is going on in your career? Are they still the best choice for a reference?
If it’s been a couple of months (or more!) since you last spoke, it’s time for a check-in. Send them a message to see if you can grab them a coffee and catch up. Find out what’s new in their life, and don’t be afraid to share the new and exciting in yours! Talk big ideas, current events, and goals. Just remember to nurture the relationship – don’t make it all about you! While you’re at it, double-check that their contact information is the same and they’re still okay being used as a reference.
If you’re thinking they may no longer be the best choice for a reference, don’t just delete them and move on! This is still a great opportunity to nurture a professional relationship and do a little networking.
Does someone else need to join the list of references? Take a minute to reach out to them and ask if it’s okay to list them as a reference AND if they will give you a positive reference. If they agree, you’ll want to have their current phone number and email address, in addition to title and company.
Now that you have dusted off your list of references, make sure you don’t wait until next Spring to do it again! Set a calendar appointment to check in with everyone in a couple of months to keep the relationship healthy and current.