References are an important part of your job search, so are you prepared to get the best ones to provide to potential employers? Who do you decide to put down as a reference? There is a lot more to it than providing names and phone numbers. A good reference can help you land the job, so choose wisely. Here are a few tips to help you ask for and get the best references possible during your job search.
- Consider your options. Any past employers with whom you’ve had a difficult relationship may not be your best choice. Instead, choose former managers or co-workers who can speak about your experience and provide positive feedback. This is the reason you shouldn’t burn bridges in your past.
- Focus on key points. For instance, you want them to speak on your current skills or experience, so someone from a college job may not be the best fit for your current job search. Determine who will provide the best and most up-to-date information that relates to the job itself.
- Talk ahead of time. Never provide someone’s name and phone number if you haven’t spoken to them about being a reference. You want them to be prepared, not caught off guard, so they know how to respond when they’re contacted. If you can, ask them to meetup in person so you can talk to them about your job search. This added networking can also help you in the long run.
- Always provide contact information. You can provide a reference letter to a potential employer, but make sure you’re also providing your references’ email and phone number. A company will want to verify the information presented in the letter, so they must be able to make a call or send an email at the very least. This will allow them to get more details on your background, which is why it’s important to be prepared ahead of time.
Do you know who you will choose for your references?
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