Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Saturday, March 24, 2018
100% agree with my fellow Hiring Experts, check in with your potential references prior to putting their name and contact information out there. No sure where to begin, here are a few suggestions. First, I would advise someone to make a list of anyone you might as for a recommendation (manager, key co-workers, etc.). Then narrow down that list to about 3 or 4 references for any given job and choose wisely, choose people who can articulate and speak well of your qualifications. Once you have your list, reach out to them and ask them if they’re willing to serve as a reference. I would recommend a phone call versus an email as it makes it more personal. At this time, it be best to explain to them what type of position you’re applying for and possible skills you would like to showcase. Now if any possible reference shows any hesitation, accept it politely, thank them and move on to next person. Once you have your supporters all ready, prepare your reference list document that should include – Reference Name, Title, Organization, Division or Department, Phone Number and Email. And perhaps a sentence stating your relationship. Also, make sure you thank each reference after agreeing to help you. This showcases that you appreciate their time and value your relationship.