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Asked by Alex on August 24, 2017

What's an appropriate way to ask someone if you can use them as a reference on your resume?

Answered by James, Hiring Expert at Broadridge, on August 25, 2017

I recommend prior to adding someone as a reference, to always check with them. I would check with past supervisors, professors that you worked with closely or mentors from an internship. Employers will typically require professional references versus personal references. A nice way to check with them is to send an email asking if they would be willing to be a reference.If there is a particular role that you are interviewing for, provide the reference with some details on the role so that they can align your past experience with the role you are currently interviewing for.

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on August 29, 2017

I agree with the previous comment -- be sure to ask beforehand, giving some background on the position and company that you're applying to. Once given their permission, be sure verify their preferred contact information. 

Best of luck!

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