How to Develop All Star Job References: Whatâ€™s the best way to develop your job references?
Every job seeker knows that when applying for a new job, great references are almost as important as a stellar resume. Itâ€™s generally the first thing a hiring manager will ask for in an interview, so youâ€™ll have to be prepared.
Whatâ€™s the best way to develop your references? Can you just write down a few names and contact information of people whoâ€™ll say youâ€™re a good employee who wonâ€™t run off with the office supplies? Not exactly.
How to Develop All-Star References
Developing great, usable references does require some work, but itâ€™s not impossible! Here are a few tips to help you create an all-star list of references.
Who Makes the Cut?
When compiling your reference sheet, the first question you should ask yourself is the most logical one: whoâ€™s on the list? Your first instinct might be to choose someone in your company with an executive job title or strong name recognition to people outside of the organization. But, the last thing you want is for a recruiter or hiring manager to make a phone call to this higher-up and hear a response like “Joe who?” For this reason, director supervisors and others who have day-to-day knowledge of your work performance make the best references. (more…)