A shining professional reference could be the x-factor that lands you a great job. Below, the SlingShot Talent Team offers you tips and tricks to ensure you get your next big shot!
So who makes a good reference?
Thereza Chattmon, our VP of Business Solutions, recommends you have a current reference, so choose people you’ve worked with in the last five years. Ask yourself the following:
- Would your reference work with you again?
- Do they have first-hand experience of your strengths and weaknesses?
How many references are enough?
Most companies ask for three. We recommend having five current ones on hand so you have the ability to choose three that will highlight the best skills for the job you’re applying for.
Provide a range –
SlingShot Talent Agent, Jennifer Espiritu-Perez, suggests a diverse list of managers, supervisors and peers. If you’re applying for a position where you manage people, someone you’ve supervised would be a great addition as well.
Prepare your references–
So your references are better prepared consider sending them the following information ahead of time:
- Your resume
- List of your strengths
- List of the types of positions for which you are applying
- List of the companies that may be contacting them
Make it easy for your potential employer –
Give them all the information they will need. Ensure that the contact information for each reference is current. We suggest using this template:
- Reference’s name
- Job title
- Relationship to you (such as co-worker or direct supervisor)
- Company name
- Contact info (phone number, email address)
Finally, keep your references in the loop – Inform them where you are in the interview process. If you land a position, its always a nice touch to send a Thank You card.