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When preparing for your #jobsearch, it's key to get your references prepared. So who should you ask for a reference? Here are three areas of focus.

1. Work-related references

  • Managers you have recently worked with: Managers have authority and usually understand what employers are looking for. If you have a good relationship with a current or previous manager, consider asking them to be your reference.
  • Work colleagues who understand your previous role: Work colleagues often make good references because they've had an ongoing working relationship with you. They've seen you on a day-to-day basis and can comment on your personal qualities, responsibilities, teamwork, and any tasks you may have performed.

2. School or training references

  • Academic professionals who know your capabilities: Professors and teachers are reputable references. They may have taught you or worked side-by-side in a research project.

3. Character references

  • It's not uncommon for job seekers to include character references in their resumes. If you don’t have three quality work-related or academic references, you can call people who know you from outside work.

Who have you asked for job references in the past?

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Hunter Davidson
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THey didn't even ask me for references on my last job

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Nancy Wojcik
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It's best to get your superior or manager to vouch for you

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Max Aguirre
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I was in a weird situation with my last set of references. I had been working at the same company for 10 years, so my superiors would have been my best references. But I didn't want them to know I was leaving. So I focused on clients and colleagues I trusted, long with character references.

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