Saturday, July 17, 2010

About resume references

Another spur of the moment advice. But it makes a point, and so here it is:

The references section of your resume is not a phonebook in which you can write anyone you want. Your fate as a job applicant lies in the people you put there, to put it bluntly. The basic rule in choosing employment references is, "the more you know the person, the better". But, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Choose someone who knows you as a "professional", not as a "friend". There's a big difference between the two. It’s always best to choose former managers or supervisors for this.

But wait, your references screening shouldn't just end there. Ask the people you picked if they are willing to provide you reference. Doing this also gives you the opportunity to check if the reference's phone number is correct. By ending it with references that are easy to contact, you are ending your resume with a bang. Trust us, a thing as simple as this can make you stand out amongst all the others. Singapore
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