The best references to give on a job application

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:43:01 AM. Your job references aren't just warm bodies who can verify that you're 'the best employee ever, and a totally great fit for [insert job here].' If done
Your job references aren't just warm bodies who can verify that you're "the best employee ever, and a totally great fit for [insert job here]." If done thoughtfully, your references can help you create a specific "hire me because I have these skills" narrative, or support the one you've set up in your cover letter, resume, and interview. The groundwork for these references should be done ahead of time, before you even think about applying for a job. That way, they're ready to go when you need them-and won't be taken by surprise when someone calls them for a reference. So who should be included on your list of professional references? Your current boss This is complicated if you're looking for jobs on the down-low, but if it's an open concept that you're leaving your current job and looking for a new one, your current manager is the best bet. He or she knows you as you are right now and can speak to recent accomplishments. Before you offer up your current boss, though, it's important to know roughly what they'll say. If there are any concerns or uneasiness about that, then leave them off the list. Your current colleagues This can be a great alternative if you don't want your current boss to know you're actively seeking another job. A trusted colleague (one who can keep a secret) who works closely with you can be an excellent reference to have, since they know you in a day-to-day professional capacity. Ask him or her to talk about specific projects and what you're like as a...Read more
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