How to create a list of job references
Author: Isebell Gauche
It is frustrating to search for job references at the last moment,
especially if you are a freelancer. You don't want to put up your
present boss or main client as this could jeopardize your current
How then to create a list of job references?
Think about past supervisors, clients, and managers. List the people
that you worked under or for in the past. List all your past clients.
Be sure to contact them prior to listing them as job references.
You only want clients that will testify to your superior service.
List one or two current colleagues with which you are friends. They
will serve to show that you can work well in a team and that you
are a great co-worker.
If you are a recent graduate or just about to graduate, ask your
lecturers if they would mind to be a reference. Make sure you leave
your telephone number and full details with them. Keep in contact
at least once every three months with a short note so that they
will not forget you. As a school leaver you can ask your hockey
etc. coach and one or two teachers.
Get the job references
on paper with their signatures. This way around you will have
the job references ready when required and they will be more likely
to remember. Army leavers can ask their ranking officers to supply
Your next step is to send thank you notes to each of the persons
for the job references. By taking pro-active steps you will have
all the job references before you apply for a specific position.