your references just ahead of starting a job search or right at the beginning
of a “forced” job search. Your first
three to four references should always be professional, as what companies
really want to know is how well you perform in the workplace. For instance: what were you best at in your prior work, are you dependable, do you have the skills required by the potential
employer, do you complete projects on time, do you manage your time well, are
you a self-starter?, etc. Personal
references should also be someone who can talk about your work ethic, how you
get along with others, and dependability.
They should not be your drinking buddy, the person you haven’t seen in
10 years, or an individual who can’t answer the “biggest weakness” question
without torpedoing your candidacy. Never
use an individual as a reference you haven’t spoken with personally; no one
wants a surprise call suddenly asking for a reference about you. Quality references significantly improve your
chances of being hired, so select them wisely.
To your job search success!