A common request among employers is for applicants to provide a list of professional references along with their application. After your interview, your references could be a key component in whether you receive an offer.
For each opportunity, make sure your list of references is the right fit. Think about your relationship with each person. How closely did you work with them? How will they explain your qualities to the hiring manager? All these details play a role in who goes on your list. You should select people who will emphasize your strengths to potential employers.
Here are five people you can include on your list of professional references if you want to land the job:
As a recruiter, one of the most frustrating, and most important, parts of the recruitment process is checking candidates’ references. This could be a completely painless, easy, and even fun, process.
The problem is candidates rarely seem to understand how this is supposed to work. They don’t think very hard about who they list as references… references who will be speaking to the recruiter on their behalf. It seems people just think that I won’t bother to call the references… even though I tell them I’m going to.
From a recruiter’s perspective, here are some tips to consider when you choose your next professional references.
Your resume caught the recruiter’s eye. You impressed in the interview. Now comes a last, and often overlooked – but critical – hurdle.
Most employers will ask you to provide personal and / or professional references. You should line up four to six professional references ready to talk about you when you apply for a job.
Since they’re critical to your job search, be prepared to help your references help you by following these 10 guidelines: