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Tips for Choosing References

After you receive a call or email to come in for a job interview, focus on the documents you will bring with you.Your resume, previous employers' addresses and social security card may be on your list. Another important document is your reference list. These days, many employers request your references along with emailing your cover letter and resume. Here are some tips to help you choose references that will give you a great recommendation.

  • Choose three references. Even if an employer only request two references, three references are the norm for applying for most jobs. You should make sure that your reference list includes peers, family friends and former managers.
  • Maintain contact with your references. If you haven't spoken to your references in a while, give them a quick call or send an email to update them about your recent accomplishments or new job.
  • Double check your references' contact information. Before handing your reference list to the interviewer, check your references' contact information especially phone numbers and emails.

Source: U.S. News and World Report

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