References are statements that a professional associate uses to describe a person’s work ethic. Reference checks are typically conducted by telephone, or in writing through a letter or email.
The most common references are your current and/or former job or internship supervisors, academic advisors/ professors, coaches or anyone you have worked with in a professional or academic manner.
References Rules of Etiquette
- Assemble people to use for references in the future. Make it a point to stay in touch with them on your accomplishments.
- Call your former references and ask them if they are willing to be a good job reference for you and thank them for his/her time.
- Give your references ample notice to prepare a written recommendation.
- Be sure to apprise them of your goals, accomplishments and provide them with your resume.
- Keep your former positive references informed of your professional work experiences and your educational progress. He/she will be more inclined to see you in a stronger light as you progress.