Some companies use the Internet as their primary form of referencing job candidates. After all, a quick online search usually reveals any dirty secrets that a person might have. Still yet, there are lots of companies that use traditional references as a way of verifying an applicant’s creditability. Keeping this in mind, it’s imperative that you know how to get valuable job references.
Tip #1: Always get a references from each employer
There’s nothing wrong with bouncing around from one job to another, especially when you’re young. What you need to do, however, is make sure you leave each employer on good terms, which includes always giving a two-week notice. Additionally, for each employer that you have, you should get a reference.
Tip #2: Ask for specifics
A one-line reference isn’t going to be of much value. When you ask for references, make sure to ask for specifics, such as why the employer would highly-recommend you to other employers. From showing up on time to not calling in sick to boosting profit levels, there are plenty of specifics that can be covered.
Tip #3: References can come from anyone
From your grandmother to your college roommate to the hiring manager at your current place of employment, references can literally come from anyone. And the more you have, the better. Hiring managers at potential employers will enjoy having references from multiple people because this will provide them with a 360-degree view of who you are as a person and a worker.
Tip #4: Be a good employee
If you want good references, you must be a good employee. It’s understandable that you will grow into a better worker with the more experience that you acquire, but from the get go, always give your best performance; this will help ensure you receive outstanding references.
Tip #5: Prepare your reference givers
The people serving as your references should be well-prepared for your potential employers to be calling them. After all, the only way to verify a reference is by actually calling the person. Because of this, you should contact your references yourself ahead of time and let them know that they may be contacted by a prospect employer of your’s.