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Including references in your resume

Posted by on 9th Jun 2010
 

"When a potential employer is calling your references, you would want them to hear good things about you. So create your list of references and make sure you check on their availability and opinion. Here’s how."

Picture this: your resume has impressed your potential employer and he/she is all set to take things to the next level of the hiring process. At this point, you would be asked to furnish references - both professional and personal. Be very careful.

Your reference requires as much thought and planning as the resume itself; it could very well make or break a job deal. (Also read:


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When a potential employer is calling your references, you would want them to hear good things about you. So create your list of references and make sure you check on their availability and opinion. Here’s how.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 10:24:13 AM    ► Retweet 5 Comments
Including references in your resume

Picture this: your resume has impressed your potential employer and he/she is all set to take things to the next level of the hiring process. At this point, you would be asked to furnish references - both professional and personal. Be very careful.

 

Your reference requires as much thought and planning as the resume itself; it could very well make or break a job deal. (Also read: How important are references?

Here’s how you go about preparing a reference list:

Deciding who to include

List out the people you have associations with; this includes people who know you on the professional front and also those who know you at a more personal level. (Also read: For a perfect “Reference on demand”)

Companies generally ask for three professional referees; ensure that you include at least one from the following categories:

• your most recent superior(s)
• people at the same level of hierarchy
• people who reported to you

Quick tip:  Select references that belong to the same industry as you are in and/or applying for.

Personal references include:

• Mentors/college professors
• People from your social network (friends, neighbours, etc)

Intimating the referees in consideration

Now that you have prepared a list of all potential referees, the next step is to call them and seek their willingness to serve as one. Be ready to call more than the required number of people as there could be some who would be hesitant or might simply decline.

When you make the call, confirm their contact preferences-phone or email, personal or official phone.

Formatting the reference sheet

The reference list must contain the following information about the referees:

• Name and contact details
• Current company name and position held
• Company name where you worked together
• Nature and duration of association with you

For personal contacts, include professional titles and organisation’s name apart from the basic specifics (name, contact detail, and how long they have known you).
Prepare the list in a column format, making it easier for you to update it when need be and also providing space for the recruiter to add notes when he makes his/her call to the particular referee.

A strong reference list adds more depth to an application, supporting your already well-written resume; it lends an edge to your overall resume package. But remember, the seeds for good references do not sprout overnight; they are nurtured through good working and personal relations. So here’s hoping that you have a long list ready already

Including references in your resume

When a potential employer is calling your references, you would want them to hear good things about you. So create your list of references and make sure you check on their availability and opinion. Here’s how.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 10:24:13 AM    ► Retweet 5 Comments
Including references in your  resume

Picture this: your resume has impressed your potential employer and he/she is all set to take things to the next level of the hiring process. At this point, you would be asked to furnish references - both professional and personal. Be very careful.

 

Your reference requires as much thought and planning as the resume itself; it could very well make or break a job deal. (Also read: How important are references?)

 

Here’s how you go about preparing a reference list:

 

Deciding who to include


List out the people you have associations with; this includes people who know you on the professional front and also those who know you at a more personal level. (Also read: For a perfect “Reference on demand”)

Companies generally ask for three professional referees; ensure that you include at least one from the following categories:


• your most recent superior(s)
• people at the same level of hierarchy
• people who reported to you


Quick tip:  Select references that belong to the same industry as you are in and/or applying for.


Personal references include:


• Mentors/college professors
• People from your social network (friends, neighbours, etc)

 

Intimating the referees in consideration

 


Now that you have prepared a list of all potential referees, the next step is to call them and seek their willingness to serve as one. Be ready to call more than the required number of people as there could be some who would be hesitant or might simply decline. 


When you make the call, confirm their contact preferences-phone or email, personal or official phone.

 

Formatting the reference sheet


The reference list must contain the following information about the referees:


• Name and contact details
• Current company name and position held
• Company name where you worked together
• Nature and duration of association with you


For personal contacts, include professional titles and organisation’s name apart from the basic specifics (name, contact detail, and how long they have known you).
Prepare the list in a column format, making it easier for you to update it when need be and also providing space for the recruiter to add notes when he makes his/her call to the particular referee.

 

A strong reference list adds more depth to an application, supporting your already well-written resume; it lends an edge to your overall resume package. But remember, the seeds for good references do not sprout overnight; they are nurtured through good working and personal relations. So here’s hoping that you have a long list ready already
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