How to Secure a Good Reference

You’re in the process of finding a new position but, if you were asked for references from your most recent employers right this moment – could you provide them? The truth is lack of references could be what stands between you and your dream job – in this article we cover how you can make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

Why are references important?

References serve as a validation of your qualifications, work ethic, and character. A reference provides a potential employer with additional information beyond what is presented by you on paper and during interviews, helping them make informed decisions and increasing your chances of securing a job offer.

Who is likely to be asked for a reference?

Usually, references are requested from a direct manager and the company HR Department from your 2 most recent employers. If these can’t be provided, you need to be prepared with an explanation as to why and offer an alternative which hopefully your potential employer will accept.

What will be asked of your reference? Typically references will cover:

  • The dates of your employment, job title, and responsibilities to ensure the accuracy of the information you provided.
  • Performance, achievements, technical expertise, communication skills, and other job-related competencies.
  • Your attendance record and overall professionalism and attitude in the workplace.
  • Some employers will ask for proof of salary and other benefits.

So, how can you make sure you receive positive references?

  1. Build good relationships: Invest time and effort in cultivating positive relationships with your colleagues and superiors. Show your dedication, professionalism, and willingness to get the job done.
  2. Maintain communication: Stay in touch with your potential references and keep them updated if you are pursuing new opportunities. Cutting all contact when leaving a job may seem like a good idea at the time but you should remember that references will be asked for your most recent positions.
  3. Choose the right person: Select someone who knows you well professionally and can speak positively about your skills, work ethic, and character. This should be someone you have worked closely with, such as a supervisor or manager.
  4. Request permission: Before using someone as a reference, reach out to them personally and ask if they would be comfortable providing a reference for you. This gives them the opportunity to decline if they are unable or unwilling to do so.
  5. Provide relevant information: When requesting a reference, provide your potential reference with an updated copy of your resume or CV. Include information about the job or opportunity you are applying for, as well as specific points or projects you would like them to highlight in their reference.

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