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


If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, think of people who have positive things to say about your character, skills, and experience.

This can include recent and former employers, supervisors, managers, co-workers, and clients.

If you’re just starting out, think of people who can speak to your character and attitude. Some examples are:

  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Group leaders
  • Neighbours
  • Community elders
  • Volunteers you’ve worked with
  • Religious or community leaders

How do you ask someone to be a reference? How to Choose the Best Job References answers this and other questions you have about references.

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