When an employer checks references, the first place they are going to check with is your previous employer. However, not all companies provide references for employees. In fact, some companies may only confirm that you worked at the company and your dates of employment.

Who to Ask for a Job Reference

That’s why it’s important to have a list of professional references, in addition to employment references, that you can provide to employers.

Who should you ask to provide references? Supervisors and colleagues (if company policy permits) may be able to provide a reference for you.

Business contacts, customers, clients, vendors, and other individuals you have a professional relationship with can be used as references.

Only ask people who you believe will provide a positive reference for you. Your references should also know you (or your work) well — this knowledge will help the person to discuss your strengths and character in detail. Always ask before putting a person’s name down on your reference list.

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