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“References can serve as a final confirmation of your skills, abilities and verification of positive on-the-job performance.” Here is an effective method for building your reference list to make a positive impression on recruiters.

Compile a List of People Who Could Help

You’ll typically need between three and five people on your reference list, so be selective about who you choose. Each person should be qualified and someone who will portray you positively. They will need to have firsthand experience with your work style and be able to speak to your performance as an employee.  Ideally, they’ll be willing to confirm you have a great work ethic, you’re punctual, professional, etc.

Some potential people who might work as references include former employers, managers or supervisors. Or if you’re just getting started and have little to no job experience, you could use a professor, mentor or advisor. What’s important is they’re in a professional position, so avoid using family and friends as references.

Keep Them Updated When You Apply

Whenever you’re using someone as a reference, tell them a recruiter may contact them in the near future. This is important so it doesn’t catch them off guard, and they’ll know how to properly respond. Make sure their contact information is up to date, which leads us to our next point.

Provide Accurate Contact Information

It’s vital the contact information you provide a recruiter is 100 percent accurate. If you use an old phone number or email address, it’s going to be a poor reflection on you and can make you look unprofessional. Be sure to double-check this information before you send in a reference list.

Although not every recruiter will contact your references, it’s important you make this information available. In some cases, it’s a requirement when applying for a position. Following this method is straightforward and should ensure you have a rock-solid reference list.

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