professional referencesYour professional and character references are an essential piece of the job search puzzle, and because of their importance, many questions are circulating about how to make the most out of references. We asked Carrie, Medix’s Senior Corporate Recruiter, her two cents. See what she had to say:

What kinds of people make the best character references? 

“Great question. I would say that anyone who has really had a chance to help define who you are. Whether that was a mentor, a teacher, a manager or someone in a leadership role, it is up to you. There are people in your life who truly know you, and those are the people you want to speak for your character.”

What kinds of people make the best professional reference?

“A professional reference should really always be someone that you directly reported to within a company. If you are not able to provide a direct supervisor for a professional reference, a good alternative is any coworker or professor who understands your strengths and goals.”

Who should never be included as a reference? 

“You should not include your parents or friends who have never worked with you.”

Should the people you include in your references have worked with you recently or can you go far back in your work history? 

“The reference points should be a bit more recent, but more importantly, should be people who can speak specifically to your strengths for the role you are applying to directly. We want to know WHY you are good for a position, and someone outside of that wheelhouse will not be able to provide us with a reference with depth.”

When should you give the recruiter/hiring manager your references? 

“You are always more than welcome to include them with your resume submittal, but most recruiters will not ask for them until you are further along in the interview process.”

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