You and your references

Having an employment reference on our resume who doesn’t remember us or who gives a lukewarm reference can mean a lost job opportunity. While doing some research I stumbled upon this page (pdf) that does a good job of summing up the ins and outs of references.

Key points:

  • Check in with your references to get their permission and let them know you are still looking for work (especially if you haven’t talked with them in a while)
  • Make sure the contact info (email addresses and phone numbers) are correct
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