How character references can help you land a job

If you have a poor work history, gaps in employment, a criminal record or other problems that are hindering your landing a new job, character references can go a long way in bolstering a prospective employer's confidence in bringing you on board.

Who makes the best character reference? Now don't pad the list with your BFFs and running buddies -- Ha! Take time and give this serious consideration. Business owners and managers whom you know well. Former work colleagues. A favorite teacher with whom you've stayed in touch. Your pastor, rabbi or other spiritual advisor. A longtime neighbor. A family friend. You get the idea.

Reach out to them and ask for their help. I promise you'll get it. And with it, lots of moral support too.

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