Your references are people who know you and can tell an employer about you.
For your work search, you’ll probably need at least 3 professional references. These are people who have worked closely with you in employment or volunteer settings. If your work experience is limited, you may need to use personal references. These are people who can vouch for your character but haven’t worked with you.
Choose your references carefully. Make sure the people you’ve selected meet these criteria:
- They know you well enough to answer specific questions about you and your work.
- They can recommend you without reservation.
- They have good communication skills, especially on the phone. (This is important because many employers check references by phone.)
Do not list your references on your resumé. Bring a list of references to the interview.