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Be Kind To Your References

Employers will likely request references from you. Providing good references requires more than typing contact information on a sheet of paper. Follow these tips to ensure willing, enthusiastic and useful references to your career search.

• Ask your references if they are willing to be a reference for you and to give you a general idea of what they can say about your skills. Some people are uncomfortable being a reference or, worse yet, struggle to say something positive about you. It’s better to know this sooner rather than when it’s too late.
• Limit your references to three to four people who can directly attest to your PROFESSIONAL skill set. College roommates, best friends and relatives rarely count.
• Avoid personal references unless specifically requested. Only include those references that are well-spoken and can clearly articulate your value in terms of business terms, not social terms.
• Make sure you are in contact with your references. Time and again, hiring managers have called references only to learn that a reference hasn’t spoken to a candidate in some time.
• Provide your references with a current copy of your résumé in order to speak confidently and knowledgeably to your skills.
• Contact your references and let them know they may be receiving a call, from what company or person, and, if at all possible, provide them with a copy of the job posting.
• Update your references regularly. Current references give better results.
• Provide your references only when they’re requested. Supplying your references in advance is a bit akin to tipping your hand too early in the poker game.
• List references which are accessible. Name dropping on your reference sheet may seem impressive, but if the hiring manager can’t reach that person, or that person cannot legitimately speak to your skills, then what’s the point?

Most importantly, make sure you send your references thank you notes every time they’re contacted, not only acknowledging their contribution in helping you get the job, but also keeping them updated on the progress and keeping the relationship open. References want to know that they were helpful, so be certain to share any specifics you can regarding their contribution to your job success.

Sharon DeLay is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and Certified Professional Career Coach. You can visit her at Permanent Ink Professional Development Services and check out her blog at http://www.permanent-ink.com

You can also e-mail her at permanentink@insight.rr.com

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