Whether or not you have work experience, you’ll most likely be required to supply references before any employer offers you a job.  Sometimes references are requested as part of the application process or at the end of an interview.  In any event, you need to be ready to give references before you actively begin your job search.

Hear Erin talk about her journey to get a job and how her references were a big part of that success.

Types of References:

  1. A Professional Reference is someone you’ve worked with who knows you very well, and is able to talk about your work-related qualities. Of course, you want to choose people who will only say positive things about you!
  2. A Non-Work Related Professional Reference is someone who knows you beyond a social setting and can speak to the employer about your applicable skills that fit the job. Here are some examples:
  • A teacher
  • A school advisor or mentor
  • Someone with whom you have volunteered
  • Someone who hired you for odd jobs like babysitting or lawn mowing

Job references: Teacher, a mom and child you babysit, a volunteer coordinator
Unless specifically requested, avoid using Personal References such as your friends and family.

Here are some tips: