Resume References

During the recruitment process, it is a normal practice for recruiters and potential employers to communicate directly with people associated with the job seeker. We have put in a few pointers that will help you get the most out of these resume references.

Significance of references in a resume
Potential employers are interested in getting a direct feedback from someone senior enough, about a job seeker on points like professional experience, personality, communication skills, trustworthiness and more. The references mentioned in the resume are generally contacted over the phone or through an email questionnaire. This communication is carried out by the human resources department of the company or through external agencies that specialize in such tasks.

Who should be mentioned as references
It is important to mention your immediate senior managers, supervisors with whom you have worked directly, as potential employers will be interested in knowing about their assessment of your various skills and personality traits.

Freshers should mention their project coordinators, professors or lecturers that are relevant to their specialization.

Keep your references informed
It is important that the people you mention as references have agreed to have their names, details about their company, designation and other communication details mentioned as your references in your CV. You must also let them know in advance when going for an interview so that they are not caught on the wrong foot when approached for your verification.

How to include references
A job seeker should mention references who can help the potential employer feel confident that the person in question is qualified, professional and a good human being. It therefore helps to include both professional and personal references.

Professional references
Mentioning a person who was in a position to evaluate you at work and whose own experience and standing in the professional hierarchy will be valued positively by the potential employer is important. Such a reference will be taken more seriously than any of your older colleagues.

Personal references
Mentioning long time family friends is a good idea, especially if they are close to you and whose stature in society will be taken seriously.

Format for providing references
Professional reference:
Salutation (Mr./Ms./Dr.,etc) Name Surname
Company Name
Phone number
Email id

Personal, Character References:
Salutation (Mr./Ms./Dr.,etc) Name Surname
Your relationship with this person
Phone number
Email id

It also helps a lot if you regularly ask for endorsements and testimonials as part of your LinkedIn profile.