The Importance of Acquiring Professional References

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Professional references are very important especially when companies are verifying your past work history. A solid reference can get you the job so it’s time to contact individuals and acquire several good job references.

Managers

Managers are perhaps the best references to acquire. They hold a position of leadership yet are still accessible. If you have worked at multiple places be sure to try and have a good relationship with management–you never know when you need a reference.

Executives

Imagine getting a glowing reference from a company’s executive? If you have worked at smaller companies you might have a good relationship with the CEO, COO or President. A referral like this can clinch the job for you.

Co-workers

Although coworkers don’t seem to be ideal references, they sometimes have other roles outside the workplace. Leverage your professional network (who you know relatively well) and ask for a referral. Sometimes your former co-workers have risen to higher roles or simply own their own companies; this is great when they are called upon!

Continuously Network

Networking is a great and effective way to continuously built your reference network. Professionals know you face-to-face and you have developed a good relationship.

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