Sunday, November 13, 2011

3 Things Job Seekers Should Know About References

Since the topic of discussion in class this week was based on how to write a good resume and cover letter, I found in article that informs job seekers on what they should know about references. At any given time a person will have to give a reference whether it be for an apartment, vehicle, or an organization. Therefore, references are very valuable. The article shares 3 important pieces of information about references:

There’s A Vocabulary: If you have ever had someone “vouch” for you, more than likely you have called them your reference. Although employer’s say it as well, it is not correct. The person who vouches for you is the referee and you are the referent. The reference is the actual information given to the employer about you.
They Don’t Like Surprises: Prevent any surprise-induced mishaps by following a two-step process:                                                                                                                                               1.) Ask the person before you submit their information as referee.
2.) Hold onto their information until an employer asks for it, then give your referee a head’s up that a call might be coming.
Help Them Help You: Instead of leaving it up to your referees to search for good information to share about you, give them a cheat sheet. Giving them your resume would be great, your referee will be able to study up on your career goals, experience and skills without having to dig up information on you from your LinkedIn page.



  1. I agree with this article, one has to ask referee to agree to talk about them based on experience with that person. The referee should know you enough to give a detailed and good recommendation. Like mentioned in the article, it's good to attach a resume for referee to give them some info they can use to help them come out with their statement.

  2. I agree with this article as well. You should never assume someone will be willing to be a reference for you. Most people will usually be willing to be a reference, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Giving your reference some information to go by allows them to speak to your strengths as well as reinforce things that you might do in the community.

  3. This article was informative for me. Often times, I am unsure of who to put down as a reference and who not to. I definetly agree that the reference should be notified ahead of time, and make sure that they want to be your reference. You don't want them to be caught off gaurd, and not have good thngs to say about you. It is very noticable to someone calling them whether or not they were expecting the phone call or not.