References are a very important part in the job hiring process.They are very vital and there are many different reasons why the employer will ask for them. References are used by the employer to make sure that the information provided by the job seeker is correct. However, you don't put references on your resume unless they are requested by the employer. Instead of directly including your references, if you use a professional resume editing, you may include a page which says that the references are available upon request. For this, you will need to make a resume reference page. Just one sheet of paper is enough for listing your references.
Employers mostly request at least three references, but it is a good idea to have a list of five to seven references available.
A list of references should be ready before sending your resume. Take more time to brainstorm and write down blank piece of paper the names of managers, teachers, former employers and family members. Call the people on the list and ask them if they would be comfortable to be a reference.
Once your list of references is ready take time to prepare them for contact by the employer:
1.Tell them what kind of work you are looking for.
2. Make sure you make an extra copy of you resume and give it to them to read and also take time with them to talk it over with them.
3. Be sure verify their contact information eg names, addresses,
phone numbers, positions, emails, etc.
4. Also ask them their preferred means of communication incase the employer wants to contact them, whether is phone, email, mail.
The types of questions asked usually depend on the relationship you have with your reference.
Are they professional or personal? A professional reference like a supervisor or formal employer may be asked more technical questions related to the job announcement and employment history.
General questions asked of a reference are:
1. For how long have you known or how are you related to the applicant? How long?
2. How do they relate with other people?
3. How do they perfom on their jobs,and whether they are always on time to work?
4. What else should I know about this person prior before hiring them?
5. Can you recommend anyone else that I should speak to about the applicant?
You must always remember that the person you have listed as your reference is someone who can attest to your skills and can confirm the details that you have provided to the employer.
Also remember that you should not put references in your resume.
Compile a list of your references on a separate page just incase
the employer asks for them. And though you should not include
references on your resume,you should include them in your
It is also not recommended to use your family members as your references. This can show the employer that you are very unprofessional and you don't have any legitimate people to use as your references. The employers may also think that you want the family members to favor you so that you can get the job. You can also make two separate lists,one for personal references and another for professional references.
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