Verifying the References
Most employers will verify your job references. To ensure you get a good one, don't just give a phone number to your former employer's human resources department. It is common for most human resource departments to give only the dates you worked for the company, your position, and if you are eligible for re-hire; or what is called the "name, rank, and serial number reference."
If you want to get the most out of your job references, give the direct line to a supervisor or co-worker who can discuss your work performance and personality. Be sure to ask these references for their permission to give out their direct telephone numbers, emails, or addresses. Be upfront and let them know you plan to use them as a job reference.
Finally, pre-planned and written letters of reference are also good to attach to your resume or job application, but don't attach more than three. If you do include written letters of reference, make sure the writer includes good contact information. Some employers will call these written references to verify they actually wrote the letter of recommendation.
Job references are important to include when applying for any job. Make sure your references have good contact information. If you handwrite your references on a job application and there isn't enough space, use a blank sheet of paper and list them. No employer wants to chase down references. When applying for a job, it's best to include job references upfront to aid you in getting that job.
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