You have built up a brilliant work profile and have aced the interview for your dream job. Congratulations! You’ve made it. Well, almost. Once interviews have been conducted, what makes the finally selected candidate stand out from the rest of the reject pile is how well he’s recommended or referred by other prominent players in the industry. You can make the recruiter’s task easy by including professional references as part of your Resume. Here’s all you need to know to land a job –

Understanding the importance of “References”: A reference on your resume is the validation of your candidacy for the position you have applied in your dream company. Being referred is like being endorsed by someone who has actually been with you, assuring that the information you have shared is correct and thus, this assurance could help the organizations to take the final call whether to accept or reject the candidate.

References play a major role when it comes to authentication of the portrait of the candidate that has been presented by him/her in front of his prospective employer. Therefore, it is recommended to choose your references wisely. Your list of references should be ready before you start applying for a job. You will generally need two or three references and they will vary with respect to the industry in which you are applying.

Ask for permission: Before giving the details of your references, always take their permission. It would not only work as a polite gesture, but would also give your references enough time to prepare their response. It would be easy for them to communicate once they already have in mind “what to say”, even if they get a last minute call.

Whom to Ask : Gather multiple references, more than you would need for one job. You could consider giving the reference of your former Employer, Reporting Manager, Co-workers, Colleagues and Vendors. If this is going to be your first job, your teachers, professors, coaches or counselors could be your potential references.

Make sure the people you have selected as your reference would give positive recommendation for you. They should be able to speak concretely about your skills/ strengths, achievements on job and your contributions in the classroom and to the society. And more specifically, they should be able to vouch for the skills that would make you sound as the favorable candidate for the job you wish to land and the position you want to work at.

Where to mention References : It is not mandatory to mention references on your resume. Not all employers are interested in getting your reference check done and even if they do, it is needed towards the end of the process of getting selected. You could simply add “ References available upon request” at the bottom of your resume, but keep your list readily available with you. However, if you wish to mention references on resume, those should be given towards the end. While giving the details for your references, please check with them first that how would they want to be contacted. For example : If they prefer email, then you should share the email id, along with their designation and name of the organization.

Quick Tips :

  • Request for a reference if and when you change a job, this helps in creating a list of references.
  • Stay in touch with your references through periodic calls, emails or messages.
  • When your prospective employer asks for references from your current job, be honest in requesting them to consider the references from previous organization than the current one, incase you would not want to disclose it before getting selected.
  • Give references of only those people, with whom who share a good rapport.
  • Don’t forget to thank your references, whether you get selected for that job or not.


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This article has been authored by Ruchi Malhari from Team LawSkills.


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