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You use references in your job search by selecting people who will be credible with an employer, who will have good things to say about your work, are the most relevant to the job for which you’re applying, and are available to talk to employers when needed.
In addition, you want to make sure that you help prepare the references who will talk to employers by briefing them on the job, the desired skills, and how you hope to fit into the company. Make sure you have the latest contact information for them, such as emails and phone numbers. References also will appreciate a reminder of key projects you’ve worked on or contributions you’ve made to an organization. It may be helpful to put these accomplishments in a brief email to your references. There’s no telling when an employer may call, and this can ensure that the reference is prepared to talk about you, even in the middle of a busy day. That said, if you deliver references to an employer, it’s likely that your references will be contacted by the employer within a few days. It’s also important that you express appreciation to your references, even if they’re never contacted by an employer.