Before an employer will hire you, it’s likely they’ll want to speak to your referees.
This gives them a better idea of who you are and verifies what you’ve told them about your experience and skills.
When deciding on your referees, keep these four things in mind:
Always ask permission
The last thing you want is a potential employer calling one of your referees and them having no idea who you are. Before you put them down on your resume, make sure you pick up the phone and ask them if they would be happy to recommend you.
Most people will see this as a compliment so don’t be afraid to ask! If your referee doesn’t seem too keen to speak on your behalf, find someone else who will.
Build your own little list, and keep it updated!
It’s helpful to try and build up a solid network of referees who will always speak highly of you even when you’re not looking for a job. Keep their current contact details handy so you can pass it on to potential employers.
Pick referees who will praise you
It’s best to choose people who you’ve worked for to be your referees, such as former bosses and managers. Make sure whoever you choose is someone who will speak highly (and accurately!) of you and your abilities.
Thank your referees
When you’re notified that your referees have been contacted, be sure to email or call to thank them. This will let them know that you appreciate their time.
Referees play a vital role in your job search success so be sure that you’ve picked the right people and treat them well. Contact your referees at the start of your search and stay in touch along the way.