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Alberta Supports Contact Centre

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Look for Work

“Who can be my reference and how do I ask them?”


If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, think of recent and former employers, supervisors, managers, co-workers and clients who have positive things to say about your character, skills, and experience.  

If you’re just starting out, think of teachers, coaches, group leaders, neighbours, community elders or volunteers, religious or community leaders to be your reference.

How do you ask?

  • Ask for a reference in person or by phone or email.
  • Ask questions like, “Do you feel you know me and my work well enough to be comfortable giving me a reference?” or “Do you feel comfortable giving me a good reference?” If your contacts say “yes,” let them know about the position you are applying for and what skills will be needed.
  • Ask whether your contacts would prefer to provide their references to potential employers by phone or email.
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An alis staff member will review your question and respond via email. If it’s something that can help others look for work, explore careers, or succeed on the job, a version of your question and answer may even be added to the site.

Your privacy is important. If your question is published to alis, your identity will remain anonymous. Your email address and any other personally identifiable information will not be posted to the site.

If you require immediate assistance, please call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992.

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