When it comes to landing a job, it takes more than a great resume and a strong interview performance. You need to have the right professional references in place.
This shouldn’t be simply a list of people who know you. Instead, you need to be strategic about the references you provide, even giving different lists to potential employers depending on the particular job and its requirements.
It’s a lot to get right. To help you in the process, so you continue to impress hiring managers, here are five types of people to consider including:
- Your managers.
When you’re interviewing for a job and on the short list, hiring managers want to see references from managers. You might have worked alongside colleagues more, but your past bosses will have a better understanding and offer more insight into your attitude, skills and contributions to the team. As a result, references from them will carry more weight when it comes your job search. So if a potential employer asks for three to five references, make sure at least two of them are from past managers.
- Your co-workers.
Another source to tap when it comes to giving references is your past co-workers. Only offer up those people who have worked in-depth with you and have a good handle on your skill set and experience. Even if you’re close to a particular co-worker, don’t simply choose them because they’ll give you a glowing reference. The best references stand out because they’re able to offer specific detail about abilities and results.
- Your customers.
If you work in a position where you’re communicating with customers on a regular basis, then asking one to serve as your reference can be helpful. This is especially true if you’ll continue to work directly with customers in the position you’re trying to get. Just make sure that you’re able to keep the situation confidential so that your current employer doesn’t find out about your job search.
- Your fellow volunteers.
If you work in a volunteer capacity, then your fellow volunteers or your manager there can also serve as good references. They can demonstrate your generous spirit and willingness to give back, all while talking about your skills and abilities.
- Your subordinates.
If you’re in management, then there are likely many individuals you’ve managed in the past. If you’re looking for a similar position, then having a former subordinates on your resume is important. Potential employers will want to know how you lead and manage a team and only someone who’s worked for you can offer that insight.
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