5 Tips on Selecting and Preparing References

A job reference request is common during the job hunt. As a job seeker, you may be wondering who to ask for character references. Make sure to go about this process carefully, so you do not step on anyone’s toes.

  1. Ask before you give out anyone’s phone number or email

This point is paramount. You always want to make a phone call or send an email asking for a reference. The reason is that you do not want the person who is going to give you a reference to be taken off-guard by a random person asking to talk about you. This could create a bad impression and may hurt you during the job search.

  1. Choose Carefully

Most people will gladly provide a reference if asked. However, you really want to think about who will speak most highly of you. Also, you want to consider what information you want conveyed. If you are seeking a job that requires financial prowess, then you would want a reference who could speak to that.

  1. Select People From The Last Five Years

You do not want to use people as references if you have not spoken with them in the last five years. Pick recent people who can speak to where you are at in your career now.

  1. Brief References

Let your references know what kind of job you are seeking. This includes what type of skills they should emphasize and when they can expect to receive a phone call.

  1. Thank Those Who Gave You References

Finally, you want to show your appreciation. Thank those who gave you references for their kind words. Additionally, you should keep them in the loop regarding whether you obtained the position or not.

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