Too many job candidates disregard the importance of having past supervisory
references ready from the very start of their job search.
Recruiters and hiring managers agree that a lack of quality references – or even worse,
no references at all – can end a potential interview before it even starts.
Quality references can’t be ignored
Here are some quick tips to put you at the top of the hiring list:
List your strongest and most current references first, those that especially know
your job skills and qualifications.
Keep former supervisors in the loop about the new jobs you’re seeking and why
they may be contacted.
Can you get a few short quotes from your references about your work or skills to
list along with their name and contact? It’s a little extra step that helps make a
reference list shine.
Consider adding former clients or community leaders who worked with you as
references. Some companies now have policies preventing supervisors from
giving references. You can check with HR at your former company on its actual
Do you submit references immediately with your resume? That’s a good
question to ask your recruiter. The key is there should be no delay when
references are requested. Some companies want them immediately, others may
If you can verify how your reference prefers to be contacted – by e-mail first or
directly by phone – it’s one more thing that will help both the hiring manager
and the person who might take their call.
Don’t forget to send a thank-you note to anyone who has offered to be a
reference. It’s just a nice gesture for someone who’s taking the time to help you out.
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