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References – a different way of considering which ones to use

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For references, I generally recommend at a least a group of five to choose from and am providing some tips on getting the right person on your references sheet – these suggestions may trigger some people you had not thought of yet.

  1. A reference from someone who understands what you do
    Can be a supervisor if possible but also consider another trusted individual in the company, even if from a different department, who at least understands your role and can attest to your work there. You should always have someone who falls into this category on your list.
  2. A reference from someone in a past position where you worked for a very long period of time.
    These references are like gold- these are people who probably entrusted you for a great deal of responsibility over several years. They know your personality and work habits well and can give great insight to your abilities.
  3. A reference from someone who is a recognizable person in your industry or in the general public (e.g. a state senator).
    This can certainly stand out on anyone’s credentials.
  4. A reference from someone in your academic background, especially if you are seeking positions tied into your education background
    (e.g. the position requires a great deal of business knowledge and you have a business professor who thought you had natural business acumen.)
  5. A reference from someone who was a part of any volunteer/community efforts you’ve participated in.
    Boy Scouts, blood drives, kids activities, political campaigning- someone that attests you go the extra mile to help your fellow person even if you don’t get paid for it.

I hope this gives you some ideas for people to pursue for your references. For each of the references, list them on a separate page in this format:

Mr. John Doe
Supervisor of Sales HINT: You may wish to indicate the nature of the relationship…(e.g. “Former Co-Worker at XYZ Company)
Awesome Company
123 Main St.
Bloomington, MN 55555
(952) 555-5555



July 4, 2009 - Posted by | 1

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