Top tips for dealing with employment references during your job search
If you are a job seeker, you are probably wondering about the best way to prepare and submit your references. While not every recruiter will ask for your references, it’s a good idea to have them on hand and update them during your job search. Here are a few tips:
- A separate document:
Prepare your reference list in a separate document beside your resume and cover letter. The font and format should be uniform with other documents. Ensure that you include detailed information on each reference. You can consider including:
Description: their relationship to you i.e. manager, supervisor, etc
- Determine how many references to include
The number of references on your list will depend on your career level. Ensure that you have your referee’s permission first, before giving out their contact details. If you are a new graduate, you can consider including your former professor as your reference.
- Keep your network
LinkedIn is a great tool to maintain connections with your old managers or colleagues. It’s very important that you inform your referees that they might be contacted. Because if you don’t, they might not take the calls and you might miss your chance at securing the position.
- When to submit references
Only submit your reference list if you are required to, that way your referee’s privacy is maintained.
- Express your gratitude
Your references are helping you land your next job. Therefore, express your gratitude each time your referee’s support you with the recruiter. It can be a thank you email or card.