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Job References - How to get the best recommendations

In today’s highly competitive job market it is imperative to have not only a good resume, but also a completed list of carefully selected and verifiable references. Sadly enough too many job seekers neglect the importance of references, believing employers don’t actually perform reference checks. In actuality references can be the determining factor to whether or not an individual gets the job.  With SuccessorE’s eResumeTM , you don’t have to wait for employers to ask for references to show them the glowing reviews others have given you.  Third party feedback often weighs much more than what the candidate can say about themselves.  Show employers and recruiters your glowing endorsement to help you get that interview!

When compiling references there are a few things you need to keep in mind: what kind of references to include, how many references are needed and how to ask someone to be a reference. Most employers prefer applicants to have a variety of references. Professional references typical express a person’s work ethic and physical capabilities. Educational and Personal references on the other hand are usually character references.

The amount of references needing to be included depends on the profession level of the career sought. Ideally, entry level jobs will ask for 3-5. By no means does this mean a person should just throw names on the list in order to have enough. References need to be individuals who can accurately evaluate your skills and praise your performances. Supervisors are great to have on these sheets, but if they have not worked in close proximity or can’t address your abilities they should be avoided. Instead use a close co-worker, previous educator or friend.

It is not a good idea to use someone as a reference who does not know they are being used or an individual from the past no longer spoken to. The best contacts are those closest to the applicant that is familiar with their abilities; these should be placed at the top of the reference list. Once completed, the next step is to contact each person (by phone or in person) and ask if they’d feel comfortable being a reference or writing a letter of recommendation.  Afterwards, be sure to contact and keep in touch with all references on the list so that they know what abilities to highlight and for which current positions.

Job Reference Tips to Remember:

  •  Don’t be afraid to ask someone to be a reference.
  • Get references together before applying to a job.
  • Choose references that know your abilities and work history.
  • Compile a variety of references: work, education, family and friends.
  • Make sure to notify all references they’re being used as a reference.

Now that you know who to ask and how, login to request a reference via the eResumeTM template. 


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