Aug 01, 2018 - 03:22 AM
It's a good idea to maintain a current list of potential references with the qualifications to address your education, work ethic, skills, and accomplishments. Your list should have between three to five people you can count on to present you in a positive light. Don't use family members as references unless you were legitimately employed by them, and don't list references on your resume (don't say "references available on request" either).
As you consider who to use as a reference, it might help to know some of the questions employers are likely to ask them, such as:
"How do you know the candidate? How long have you known him/her?"
"Can you describe the candidate's key strengths and weaknesses?"
" Would you hire this candidate again?"
"Describe the candidate's communication skills?"
"Would you describe the candidate as a team player?"
Finally, when you've decided who you'd like to use as a reference, get the person's permission first and remember to thank them afterward.