4 Tips to Create the Perfect Reference List

March 16th, 2017

Any company worth working for will do its due diligence and check your references before making an offer. That means you should be putting together a reference list that will help you land the job and start off on a positive note. So who should you include and how do you create the perfect reference list? Here are four tips to putting together the best references you can.

1. Make contact ahead of time.

The first step to finding the perfect reference list is to contact your preferred references ahead of time. A surprise call from a stranger may not go as well as you hope. Your references will want to be prepared regarding what to talk about and when they might be contacted. Call your former managers and co-workers and let them know you’re applying for open positions and you may need their help with references.

2. Give them heads up.

That isn’t the only time you should be contacting your references. When you advance through the pre-hiring process with a company, they should let you know when they plan on contacting your references. When this happens, send your list a quick email to let them know they may be contacted shortly. You can also give them some tips that can help them formulate what they will say to the employer.

3. Know who to leave off.

You should never provide names of managers or co-workers you haven’t spoken to in years. This is a good reason to use online networking tools, such as LinkedIn, so you can maintain contact with good references for the future. If you had a manager who loved you but you haven’t spoken to them since 2003, it is best to not include them in your reference list.

4. Avoid negative personalities.

The other type of reference to avoid is anyone who would focus on the negatives. For example, if you were fired from your last job you don’t have to give their contact information to the potential employer. Instead, focus on individuals who will provide positive professional feedback to a potential hiring manager.

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