A job reference can make or break your chances of landing a job. Most employers will contact your references to determine if you’ll be an excellent fit for their job and company culture. There are several common reference mistakes job seekers make during the process. When looking for your next job, make sure you’re getting the best out of your references. Here are the biggest mistakes and how to avoid them.

Listing “References Upon Request”

There was a time when resumes all said “References Upon Request” at the bottom of the document. This is no longer necessary. It’s already assumed that candidates will provide a list of requested references, so you don’t need to make it explicit. It’s also no longer acceptable to give the actual names and contact information of your references on your resume.

Not Having a List of References Prepared

However, just because you don’t have to provide references up front doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. Curate a list of references so you can give the information when a company requests it during the pre-hiring process. Include the best ways to reach each of your contacts, whether their email address or phone number.

Having Poor References

You also want to choose your references carefully. If you only provide recent managers’ names and phone numbers, you may risk someone not providing the best references. You don’t have to give only human resources contacts or bosses. Include coworkers who can vouch for you at jobs where you excelled.

Not Asking Your References Permission

Before you provide the contact information for any references, make sure to get their permission. Reach out to your previous supervisors or coworkers and ask if they are comfortable providing a reference for you. You can even ask them how they prefer to be contacted to facilitate the process and make things easier.

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