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Picking the Right References

So, you’ve aced the interview and background check, and the only thing left to do is provide references to your future employer. You are excited about your next big career change, but there is one problem; you don’t know who to choose as a reference. If you are struggling to find or choose references, you aren’t alone. Just consider employing some of the following tips if you need helping making a decision.

1. Choose Someone You Have a Good Relationship With

Ideally, you should use your current supervisor or boss as a reference, but there are times when you can’t. If you do not have a positive relationship with your supervisor, it would be wise to choose another reference. Also, if you have been warned or disciplined at your current job, a supervisor’s reference could ruin your chances of getting a new job.  

2. Be Sure Your Reference Will Say Only Positive Things

When a person agrees to provide you with a reference, you should always be sure there is a mutual understanding between the two of you that their commentary will be positive. If you have the opportunity, have your references write their recommendation before the interview, so you know what they will say about you to your potential employer.

3. Choose the Right Reference for the Job

If you’re over the age of 30, chances are, you’ve had multiple jobs over the course of your career and an extensive amount of time to accumulate references. For example, if you are applying for a job as an accountant, it would be wise to choose a reference from a job that involved finances, not the job you had three summers ago working as a host or hostess in a café.  

4. Try Using a Co-Worker

Most jobs specify you cannot use a friend or family member as a reference, but did you know you can use a co-worker most of the time? If you don’t feel comfortable providing the name of a supervisor, try using a co-worker who can vouch for your performance instead. As always, you will need to choose your reference strategically.  

Nesco Resources Can Help

If you are looking for a job you’ll enjoy, Nesco Resources would be happy to help you find temporary employment with one of our many clients. We hire only be best workers, and we always strive to place employees with the right company. Contact us today for additional information.


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