Now more than ever, employers are interested in what your professional references have to say about you in the workplace. The question for prospective employees then becomes, “Did I select the right references?” Choosing a reference that will simply say that you are a hard-worker who shows up on-time is not enough in a competitive job market.
Candidates need to select their references to align their resume and skillset with on the job experiences. A reference should be able to speak to your daily responsibilities, the technologies you use, and accurately portray the professional qualities that would make you stand out to an employer. Make sure you have had a conversation with your references, so they know what qualities to focus on that can really make you stand out. References can help you seal the deal and be on your way to getting your dream job!