/ Asked by Tanya
How important are teacher recommendations for getting a job right out of college?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, August 28, 2015
In general, personal and professional references are important, but not at the beginning of the process.  Your resume and networking efforts are most important to initially pique the interest of a potential employer.  Once you have their initial interest, your interviewing ability, and then the personal and professional references may help to push you over the top.  In other words, ensure your resume is top notch first, and hold the references in your back pocket so at the appropriate time, you can provide them so that hopefully, they differentiate you from the others being considered for the job.
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Friday, August 28, 2015
Good question!  It really depends on the type of job for which you are applying.  I recommend you provide a variety of references such as former supervisors, professors, coaches, volunteer contacts.  Most companies will be interested in professional references that can speak to your quality of work.  Of course, if you are applying for a role in an academic environment, those professor recommendations could rise to the top.  You can also ask for a reference to write a recommendation to include on your Linked In profile.  Good luck!
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
This is entirely dependent on the company. Some companies may not look at recommendations while others may look at overall recommendations – whether it be from professors, previous employers, etc. It is a good idea to build relationships within your network, including your professors, so that you have an existing foundation established should you need to ask someone for a recommendation in future. - Laura, Accenture campus recruiter 
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