References are the norm in the context of a job search. The person hiring you will want to make sure that you have good references as an indication that you are trustworthy and can do the job. You will normally be asked for names and contact information during the job interview. If that’s the case, make sure you have the information. If you don’t have your references ready yet, you can send them as you send your thank you letter.
Securing Your References
The process of making sure that you have good references available starts well before you need it. Just like networking, you need to cultivate good relationships while employed. Even if you decide to leave the organization, leave in good terms. This is a matter of respect and acting professionally, as well as helping you moving forward in your next employment.
How to Ask Someone for a Reference
Following are some tips about asking someone to be your reference:
- Ask the person first if he agrees before putting his name down as a reference.
- Give the person some background about the position and ask him if he would like a copy of your cover letter and resume.
- Inform the person when to expect a phone call.
- Keep the person informed about your job search and whether you’ve been offered a position.
For more tips, please read these articles:
- Good Practices When Asking for a Letter of Recommendation
- Good and Bad Practices When Asking Someone for a Reference
- Resumes and References: Do They Belong Together?
- The Secret Behind Reference Checks