What makes a good reference?
References who will take the time to prepare and deliver specific recommendations are often the most powerful. Your best references will be able to speak concretely and anecdotally about your skills, work ethic, and achievements on the job, in the classroom, or in your community.
How do you come up with references?
Ideally, your list should include a mixture of former and current bosses, coworkers, and subordinates. “The best references are from people who have worked closely with you,” says Fernández-Aráoz. Never ask someone to be a reference if you don’t know for certain what he or she is going to say, adds Claman.
What do personal references ask?
Similar to professional references, a list of personal references should be presented to a potential employer with the following information included: the reference’s name, job title and company (even if they’re not someone you’ve worked with), phone number and email address.
What is a personal recommendation?
A personal recommendation, also known as a character recommendation or a character reference, is a letter of recommendation written by someone who can speak to the job candidate’s personality and character.
How do you get references while still employed?
Finding references while still employed
- Use the names of former supervisors at other companies. Ideally, these should be people you have kept in touch with and tipped off in advance about your search as well as reliable contacts.
- Emphasize to prospective employers that your job search is confidential.
Who makes a good personal reference?
Who should provide them? Personal references are commonly provided by teachers, lecturers, group or club leaders, neighbours, friends and family members. Those providing the reference should know you well and be able to give examples that back up statements about your character.
What to do if you can’t get references?
If you’re having trouble getting a reference, you can ask the employer who needs the reference if they’ll accept: a reference from someone else, for example a manager or colleague. a reference from a different employer.