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?
THey didn't even ask me for references on my last job
It's best to get your superior or manager to vouch for you
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.