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How To Get Quality Employment References

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In this day and age, every employer will be requesting employment references. This is typically asked when a company is serious about hiring you. As a result, it’s important for you to prepare a list with employment references, maybe even getting letters of reference as well.

With this in mind, you want to be planning all of this ahead, ideally before you go job hunting. By doing that, you’ll save a lot of time scrambling around to get them together at the last minute.

Keep that tip along with these other tips in mind to make sure you get the right kind of people who can back up your claims and endorse your skills.

Asking The Right People

In a professional space your first point of contact are people you have worked with in the past. This means going back to old bosses, co-workers, current colleagues or even college and university professors. They all make great employment references. But what others may not expect is actually asking customers or vendors as well.

If you’ve been out of the workforce for a while or don’t have much experience, you can also rely on character and personal references as well. This means including friends, neighbours, or even people who’ve volunteered with you.

The idea here is to make sure the person is reliable in answering employers, furthermore they know you well enough to give you a positive reference.

Be Mindful Of Referral Policies

While it’s not all that common, some places don’t provide references. The big reason for that is mainly due to litigation. As such a person could only talk about job titles, the dates you worked and general basic information as opposed to specific details outlining your qualities.

Ask In Advance

At the end of a job, be sure to ask the person ahead of time if they can be one of your employment references. Another good time is to be asking them around the time you are brushing up your resume or starting your job search. This saves you time later, but also it saves them time as well. The last thing that you want them to feel is rushed.

One way you can go about asking someone to be one of the many employment references is by asking them this one question, “Do you feel you know my work well enough for you be a reference for me?” Another question you can ask is “Do you feel comfortable with providing a positive reference for me?” These questions are direct and will ensure that the people who provide your references are happy and willing, this can help with them providing the reference faster when they are asked for it.

Provide Necessary Info

The last thing you want to do for a reference is if someone chooses to be one of your employment references then make sure you give them the info they need in order to give a good one. This means giving them your updated resume and tell them what sort of jobs you are searching for. This will give them an idea of the skills that are needed and what they should be highlighting when asked.

About the author: James Fall is Head of Global Growth at #HrTech company RefNow. RefNow’s Online Employment referencing solution is changing the lives of HR professionals across the globe with their revolutionary referencing system. You can try RefNow free here: