Picking Your References

By, 09/25/2012

As a recent Wall Street Journal article notes, having the right references could be the key to landing the job you want.

First and foremost, make sure you select people who are familiar with your complete work history. That means they should have a reasonable understanding of your responsibilities, the approximate dates you were in each of your positions, and what you accomplished in those roles. Inconsistencies may create doubt in your potential employer.

Additionally, it’s important to pick individuals who you think will have positive things to say about you. For example, this could include a balanced view of positive feedback and some areas for growth or improvement.

Lastly and most importantly, always ask any reference for permission to use their name before submitting their information to a potential employer. Both your reference and the employer will appreciate the notice.