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 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.
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.
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!
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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