Your IT Resume – Job References

Job References can make the difference between you receiving a job offer or not receiving a job offer.

Great job references can also determine the salary and compensation that you may be offered. So be prepared.

As an IT Headhunter I was always amazed when candidates that I was interviewing could not readily provide me with their references when I was preparing to send them out to a client of mine for an interview.

Have Your References Available

Always have your references available to be given to a job interviewer or hiring manager when they are requested. A reference request is a good indication that the job interviewer wants to find out more about you. They are interested in you.

Your job references can make the difference. They can help you, after an interview, to confirm an interviewers thoughts about how well you could work with their team.

When Should You Give Your References

While you should be ready to provide your references it is also important that you do not simply hand out your references without understanding how they will be used.

Never put your reference names and contact info on your resume. Never.

Do not put your reference names and contact information on job interview request forms, especially for recruiters and headhunters.

References are typically provided when you are going out for an actual job interview with a hiring manager or personnel manager.

3 steps to take before you give out your job references

There is nothing worse than not being remembered by a reference when a potential employer, interviewer or recruiter calls one of your references.

There are several important steps to take before you actually hand out your job references to a headhunter, recruiter or hiring manager.

  1. Call and ask permission
  2. Share your job search goals with each reference
  3. Send your current resume to each reference

There is more to providing references than just writing a few names on a piece of paper.

If you have not been in touch with your previous employers, supervisors and teammates call them now. You need them to be aware of you. When a potential employer, interviewer or recruiter calls one of your references, the reference should be fully aware of your job hunt.

1 – Call and ask Permission

Always call a potential reference and ask them if it is ok to use them as a reference. I was always amazed when I did a reference check to discover that the reference hadn’t spoke to their former team member in years.

2 – Share Your Job Search Goals With Each Reference

After you have asked a reference for permission to use them tell them that you are looking for a job, or a new job. Bring them up to date with your career and your life.

3 – Send Your Current Resume To Each Reference

Send a copy of your current resume to each reference. This helps them to get a clear picture in their mind about you and your accomplishments.

After Every Job Interview Keep Your References Informed

After you have been to an interview, and your references have been requested, call your references.

Tell them to expect a call and from whom. Tell them about the interview and the job.

Tell them why you are excited about the job opportunity.

Your Reference Is Prepared

When the interviewer calls your job reference they will now be prepared.

They are expecting the phone call.

They know about the job opportunity.

They have a clear picture in their mind about you because you have sent them your resume and spent some time bringing them up-to-date on your career and life.

Your References Can Make The Difference

Your references will make the difference in the hiring process, if you get organized and get them involved.

After all, nothing is more satisfying than giving a good reference for someone you respect and helping them move ahead in their career.

Make an investment. The return will be the right job for you.

How Many References And Who Should They Be?

The number and type of references requested will vary from organization to organization. So be prepared with a range of references including:

  1. supervisors
  2. peers
  3. personal references

Be Organized

Your references should be organized in detail on a standard sheet of paper.

Your name and telephone number should be at the top of the page just as it appears on your resume. i.e.:

References for Joe/Jane Jobseeker
Home telephone: nnn-xxx-xxxx
.

Always have at least 5 printed copies of your references on hand when you go to an job interview.

Also have the document available to email.

Required Reference Information

Each reference should include the following information:

  • Their full name.
  • Their relationship to you … supervisor, peer or personal.

1 – Supervisor References

All prospective employers and recruiters will want work references from current and former employers.

It is not uncommon to be asked for Supervisors going back two, three or four jobs.

Some employers want a list of employers and your immediate supervisor going back ten years.

If a security clearance is required then you may be asked for the names of every supervisor you have ever had.

  • Their full name
  • Their current job title
  • The name of their current employer
  • The name of the organization where you reported to them
  • Their job title when you reported to them
  • The time period that you reported to them, including months and years
  • Their current direct telephone number at work

2 – Peer References

  • Their full name
  • Their current job title
  • The name of their current employer
  • Their title when you worked with them
  • The name of the organization where you worked with them
  • Your relationship to them at work
  • The time period that you worked with them
  • Their current direct telephone number at work

3 – Personal References

  • Their full name;
  • For a personal reference, provide a brief sentence about how you know the person and for how long;
  • Their current place of employment;
  • Their current title or position;
  • Their current office telephone number or home number if your reference prefers.

Take Action

Begin to take action creating your IT Technical Skills Summary.

Job References can make the difference between you receiving a job offer or not receiving a job offer.

Great references can also determine the salary and compensation that you are offered.

Take action today and get your job references organized. Be prepared.

Richard Edward Ward
Your IT Resume Writing Service

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