Selecting Your Resume References
One essential element to any resume, which
not enough people take the time to plan for are the references. References are
essentially reputed individuals, who can be contacted should prospective employers
want to know more about your previous work history or qualifications, they will
contact for information. Therefore, you will want to list references who are sure
to say good things about you in such a manner that they will boost your standing in
the eyes of a future employer. References carry a lot of weight in any resume and
it is crucial that you take the time to find the best possible references that you
can list in order to increase your chances of making a good impression.
Who Makes For Good References?
The best references that you could turn to would be those who
have been your supervisors in the past. When you turn to former individuals who
used to be in charge of you, a view will be presented of you as a worker from
someone who was in charge. They can give an opinion of exactly how you stack up as
an employee and this should help you prove to a future employer that you will be
the right person for the position. If a former employer has nothing but good things
to say about you, a positive picture is painted about how good of an employee you
are likely to be.
Co-workers can be another good source to turn to. Certain
co-workers can help show employers how you stack up as a member currently on a
team. This will give an employer an idea of how you are as part of a unit in a way
that an employer may not be able to provide. Great teamwork is another essential
element of a future employee, so employers want to know that if they hire you, you
will be able to fit in.
Who Else Could Provide Good
Customers can be one source that will indicate how great you are
to future employers. This will give a direct representation of your people skills
and your interaction with the public. If you have a relationship with a certain
customer or client, asking them to be one of your references may help you show that
you have a great manner of dealing with the public, which is something that any
employer wants to hear.
Professors or teachers may be a good source for a reference,
depending on when your relationship with them lasted. If you are a relatively
recent graduate, your professors may be able to give an idea of how you performed
as a student. This can indicate your general work ethic along with what sets of
knowledge and skills you have developed.
Typically, you should not ask your personal friends to be a
reference. While they will say great things about you, it does not carry much
weight in a professional setting as friends will not be able to necessarily comment
upon your work ethics and this could hurt you in the long run. Instead, focus on
the people who you know can speak of your strengths in a business setting and you
will have compiled a great list of references for your resume.
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