Employment references are a common requirement in today's job market. To ensure that your references are the right fit for the job and will speak positively about you, it's essential to prepare ahead of time. This blog post provides tips on who to ask for references, how to be mindful of referral policies, when to ask in advance, and what information to provide your references. Follow these tips to ensure that you have a list of strong employment references that will help you land your next job.

How to Prepare Employment References That Will Get You Hired

Hey there! Are you on the lookout for a new job?

Then you need to be prepared for one of the most common requirements of the hiring process – employment references. Potential employers want to know that you are who you say you are and that you have the skills and experience you claim to have. So, it’s essential to have a list of reliable employment references ready to go.

But how do you make sure that your references are the right fit for the job and that they will speak highly of you? Here are some tips to help you navigate the employment reference process:

Ask the Right People‍

Your employment references should be people who have worked with you in a professional capacity and who can speak to your skills and character. This includes old bosses, co-workers, current colleagues, and even professors. But, don't forget to include customers or vendors who have interacted with you and can vouch for your work. And, if you don't have much experience, don't be afraid to ask personal or character references such as friends, neighbours or volunteers you've worked with. Just make sure they are reliable and know you well enough to provide a positive reference.

Be Mindful of Referral Policies

Some employers have policies against providing references. Make sure you know the company's policies so you can plan accordingly.

Ask in Advance

Don't wait until the last minute to ask someone to be your employment reference. Ask them in advance if they are willing to provide a reference for you. You can do this at the end of a job or when you're starting your job search. Ask them if they feel comfortable providing a positive reference for you and if they know your work well enough to do so.

Provide Necessary Information

When someone agrees to be your employment reference, make sure you provide them with all the necessary information. This includes your updated resume, the type of job you're applying for and the skills that are required. This will help them provide a more detailed and relevant reference when they are contacted.


In conclusion, having strong employment references is essential in today's job market. Follow these tips to make sure you have the right people backing you up and that they can speak positively about your skills and character. Don't wait until the last minute to prepare your employment references, get started today!

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