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3 Tips for Getting Real References that Get You the Job

July 8th, 2019

Even though many people just say “References Available Upon Request” at the end of their resume, acquiring quality references should not be an afterthought. In fact, you need to consider who your references can be before you need them. The more prepared you are with your references, the better testimony they can give.

3 Tips to Get Real References that Land You the Job You Want

Some job seekers feel awkward asking for a reference, but that is only because they aren’t following these tips. Using these guidelines will not only help you get great references, but it will take away any uneasy feelings you may have.

Stay in Touch

One of the best ways to get real references that are truly beneficial to your job search is to keep in touch with your potential references on a regular basis. Using networks like LinkedIn make this very easy, but you can always meet up for coffee or lunch, attend networking events together, or chat on the phone periodically. When you create a solid relationship, instead of only asking this person for a reference, you build a strong connection and increase the quality of the reference for future employment opportunities.

Give Background Information

Once you are ready to ask for a reference, send them information that will help them tailor their reference to the job opportunity. Give them a summary of the job, plus any details that you think are necessary. You will also want to share with them why you are choosing them as a reference. Maybe they’ve worked with you on a similar job, or they have seen you overcome certain workplace hardships that speak to your character. Whatever the reasons may be, let them know.

Ask Them to Share Specifics

Since you’ve maintained a relationship with your references, you should feel comfortable to ask them to share specifics during their testimony. You want them to share quantitative information or project specifics. If you have anything specific that you know they can share with your potential employer, let them know. You want your reference to give details rather than just a general reference that anyone could give.

Find a Job that Excites You

If you haven’t found a job that excites you, contact Concorde Personnel. We can help you find a job you’re passionate about that fits your career goals.

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