How to Request a Job Reference in 4 Easy Steps

One of the final phases in the job interview process is for a potential employer to contact your references. There isn’t much that can go wrong at this point in the process…except the people you select to link the employer with.

Start here if you’ve been requested to write a letter of recommendation. However, if your recruiting manager is seeking for a reference, you’ve come to the perfect place.

Because of a terrible reference, one out of every three persons misses out on a job opportunity. Here’s how to avoid falling into that trap.

  1. Make a wise choice
    Previous employers and coworkers are the best referrals. They are aware of the kind of contributions you can make to a position. Customers, clients, or military commanding officials are all excellent choices. Use teachers or professors who can speak to your abilities if you’ve recently graduated from high school. More personal connections aren’t often used, but if you have a fantastic narrative to tell about volunteer work you’ve done on your own time, feel free to add a religious leader, a member of a club you lead, or another volunteer at an organization where you volunteer.

  2. Check to see if they’ll be a good reference.
    As previously stated, a negative reference causes approximately one-third of people to miss out on opportunities. Being straightforward can help you prevent this. When asking someone to be your reference, make sure you ask whether they can provide you an unqualified, favorable recommendation. Look for someone else to sing your praises if they don’t seem all that excited.

  3. Refresh Their Memories
    It doesn’t hurt to remind a reference how excellent you are, whether you worked with them a year ago or a decade ago. Share examples of projects you’ve worked on together or accomplishments you’ve achieved while on their team so they don’t forget to mention them.

  4. Keep Them Informed
    When you expect an employer to call your references, let them know. One of the reasons you shouldn’t include references on your resume is because you want to know before potential employers contact them. (You also don’t want to publicize the private contact information of your references.) Tell your reference who will be contacting them, the company’s name, and the position you are looking for. The more information they have, the more prepared they will be to explain why you are the best fit.

    You’re almost there! If an employer asks for your work references, you’re almost there!
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