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 When applying for a job, you are likely going to be asked to provide references. Your references should be able to attest to your job skills and speak to your character and work ethic.

The recommendations made and testimonials given by your references can have a big impact on your ability to be hired for future positions. This means you need to make certain you select the right people to vouch for you and you must be confident your references are ready when they get the call from a potential employer.

So, how can you prepare your references to make certain they are going to be a positive contributing factor to your job application. You should:

  • Let your references know you are applying for a job and listing them as a reference.  Reach out via phone, text or email to let your references know they should expect to be contacted. You may also wish to send along your resume when you make contact so your reference person can review your skill set and be reminded of your professional contributions.
  • Share your references’ contact info. You should find out what the best contact information is for your references and provide this info to the hiring manager so they can easily reach out to the people who are going to attest to your skills.
  • Follow up with your references if they aren’t responding promptly to the hiring manager. It is up to you to be proactive if you want to get hired.

Having solid references is one of the best things you can do to advance your career. You should also consider getting help from a skilled staffing service. Staffing professionals can learn about your professional abilities, and with an understanding of what you have to offer, can help get you in front of employers who are looking for people just like you.


Contact IES Custom Staffing today to find out more about how our staffing professionals help job seekers to find work in Boise, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, Idaho as well as in Clearfield, Utah.

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