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If you are like most people in the midst of a job search, you probably haven’t given your references much thought. You’ve likely spent more time on your resume, cover letter and networking activities. But references can have a significant impact on the final hiring decision. You need to be ready at a moment’s notice to provide potential employers with at least three solid references.
Human resource managers almost always ask for references when they are seriously considering someone for a position. You want to make sure that you provide a list of individuals that will speak about you in a positive way. Potential employers will also look for inconsistencies between information from your interview and on your resume and what they hear from your references.
Here are some things to consider so you can be sure that your references are the best they can be: