References
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References

References are an important part of the employment process. They provide potential employers with critical information about your skills, abilities and previous job performance to help them decide whether you are the right person for the job.

Unless specifically requested in a job advertisement, references are not typically included with your resume when you apply for a job. The reference list is a separate document usually given to an employer at the time of the interview. The reference list document should match the header style, layout and stationery of your resume and cover letter.

Your references should be relevant to the type of work that you are targeting and provide information on your work style, skills, abilities and achievements.


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Before selecting references for an employer:
  • Identify three to four references who will comment fairly and positively and can express themselves clearly in speaking about your strengths and contributions.
  • Ask each person for permission to use them as a reference.
  • Include the reference's full name as well as their current job title and the employer where they are currently working.
  • Specify your reference's relationship to you (supervisor, co-worker, client).
  • Ask each reference about a preferred method of contact (ex: office, home, cell phone number and/or email address) and the best time to reach them.
  • Let the reference know what types of jobs you're looking for and provide them with a current copy of your resume. This will help them prepare for the kinds of questions the potential employer will likely be asking.
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