Your resume, work history and the interview are all important parts of the hiring process. Compiling a strong list or references who will reinforce your accomplishments can be the final step toward getting the job you want.
Knowing who to select as references, how to present the information to prospective employers and keeping up with your references are the most important part of providing good job reference information. Please read over HealthCare Scouts guidelines for job reference materials.
Who should you select as references?
When evaluating prospective references consider individuals who are knowledgeable about your work accomplishments and abilities.
Your reference pool may include:
Supervisors both past and present should be first among your selections. They can vouch for your work habits, abilities, competencies and overall personal traits in the workplace.
University professors, faculty and administration can attest to your academic ability, potential, work ethic and time management.
Co-workers, peers and professional associates can attest to your personality, your proficiency within a profession and your outside activities and interests.
Steer clear of the negatives
Stay away from contacts who will give a negative or neutral view of your possible job performance. Even if they have a great title or position in an industry, the negative here will outweigh the positive.
Stay up to date with your references
Make sure you have contacted the reference to ask permission for the reference before your list them. You want to make sure their inclusion is an asset to your job profile. You also want to make sure you have the most recent and best contact information for that person. Not doing your diligence here can cost you in a number of ways. If the reference is caught off guard when they are contacted, it may take a while for them to get to positive aspects of your abilities. Also, incorrect contact information can make you look like you do not pay attention to details.
Provide references when asked, not before
You should wait until the interview phase to provide a list of references. You don’t necessarily have to provide references until you are asked, and doing so too early can be too much information for the interviewers.
Information on the reference page should include:
This information should suffice for most prospective employers. If they need additional information they will let you know, and if they are interested enough, the will do their own homework.
Full name with professional title (Ph. D, Dr., J.D.) if necessary.
Current work position (Director of Hospital Administration)
Phone number and e-mail address