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How To Select Your Job References Wisely



You might have aced the job interview but if you don't have the right references to back you up then you'll never get that job. The reference check is usually one of the last stages of an interview and because of that a lot of job seekers forget about it and then scramble to complete their references available upon request.

Belive it or not, but you ned to put in alot more work into selecting your references carefully. They can be the reason you get or don't get the job.

Here are my top tips to selecting the right references for your resume.

Choose the right references.

This might seem obvious, but trsut me, it's not. Just because you had a really good friendship with your previous boss and your best friend is the boss of the volunteer organisation you work at, doesn't mean they are going to be a good reference. 

The people you choose as references should be someone who has worked with you directly or closely in the past, knows everything about your work ethic and personality, someone who really wants you to succeed and they should be good communicators.

The type of person who speaks well on the phone, is professional and who you won't be embarrassed to be associated with. Similarly, you also want to have a diverse set of references that together can give your future employer a holistic impression of your abilities. This means choosing a mix of your current direct manager or boss if you already told him or her that you're leaving, a past manager, a co-worker
you're close with and if you're young and don't have a lot of work experience then you can include a personal or family friend who's a professional and can speak well about your character.

Don't assume that you can add anyone to your reference list.

Many people make this mistake and simply choose. Ask their permission first and find out if it is okay to add them as your reference and if they do get called will they be okay to answer any questions. Some people may refuse for legal reasons, they might be traveling during your interview process and others may not think as highly of you as you may have thought.

Between two and four references is enough.

on't be that person that adds a list of ten references just to give the new employees options. No! Select between two and four good references for your resume.

Coach your references.

You might not be very comfortable with this one but try and coach your references about what you'd like them to say. Remember they're doing you a favour here so make things easy for them by keeping them in the loop about what companies you're applying to, what positions you're applying for, the specific skills traits and story you would like them to share about you and why you think you'd be a good fit.

For the role, the more information you share to train your references, the more you can control what's said about you and the more confident you can be about your interview.


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