Keys to success: References

Solid references could be the one factor that separates you from other candidates when a prospective employer is making a job offer.  At Bolt Staffing, we have a no references:  no hire policy.  We will not bring on anyone for our job assignments without them.  Here are some important things to keep in mind:
Have a minimum of three professional (non-family) references prepared.  For each one of them:
  1. Include first and last name, phone number and e-mail address.
  2. Include the nature of your relationship with that reference (superior, direct report).
  3. Do not print them on your resume, have them separately, and give them out only when asked.
  4. Keep in touch with your references.  Tell them what type of job you’ve applied for and who might be calling them.
  5. When you leave a job, ask your supervisor for permission to use them as a reference for future employees.
  6. If you don’t have three previous employers, use school teachers or school administrators, with their permission, of course.
  7. For temporary assignments, ask your recruiter to be your reference, not the client company supervisor.

References are the living record of who you were, how you were regarded, and most importantly, would you be welcome to return.  Keep in mind, no matter what you are doing now, you are building tomorrow’s references.


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