If you advance enough in the interview process, you may be asked for a list of job references. These references might be contacted to endorse your skills and qualifications.
As a result, you should carefully decide who you would like to serve as a reference. These professionals must attest to your work ethic, character, and abilities to increase your likelihood of receiving a job offer.
Follow these guidelines to secure the most effective job references.
Determine Who to Ask
Think of your past colleagues, coworkers, managers, and supervisors who would say positive things about you.
- You made important contributions to the team.
- You consistently completed projects on time.
- You made the professional’s work easier.
- The professional could count on you.
Call each professional to ask whether they would serve as a job reference.
- Email typically takes too much time to create a thoughtful message.
- You can cover the key points and quickly respond to questions over the phone.
Let your former colleagues, coworkers, managers, and supervisors know relevant details about the job you want.
- Share what you have been doing since you last spoke with the professional.
- Discuss the job responsibilities and their impact on the organization.
- Ask if the professional would serve as a job reference.
- Respect the professional’s time by being brief but thorough.
Bring Up Talking Points
Ask these professionals to mention specific types of information when talking to your potential employer.
- Your professional strengths and value
- Your memorable contributions
- Your attendance and work habits
- Your ability to collaborate and make decisions
- Your ability to self-start and self-manage
- Your latest projects
Verify Contact Information
Ask former colleagues, coworkers, managers, and supervisors to update their information so your potential employer can contact them.
- Job title
- Company name
- Work address
- Phone number
- Email address
- Preferred method of communication
Thank Your References
Express appreciation for your job references’ time.
- Share that you will keep them informed about your job search.
- Offer to do something in return.
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