You have completed Cadre’s interview process and have heard about some new and exciting positions. We know from meeting you that you are an excellent candidate; the next step is to showcase that to our client companies. What’s the best way to do that? With references, of course!

Here are a few tips to help make the reference process as easy and efficient as possible.

First, remind your references that you are job searching and that they may be getting a call. One of the most common comments I get is, “I wish I had known I was being given as a reference.” While most people are happy to give a reference and tell me about your work experience, if you give them an opportunity to organize their thoughts prior to the reference call, that will give them more time to prepare what they would like to share about you.

Second, if at all possible, please provide the names of current and/or former supervisors and co-workers as references rather than family or friends. They know your work history better than anyone, so they are the best sources of information regarding your abilities and work performance.

Third, supervisory and co-worker references from your most current positions, within the past five years, are ideal. It’s always best to get references from your most recent experiences.

Finally, make sure that you have current contact information for your references so that we are able to reach them and hear all about you.

The more quickly we can complete the reference process, the sooner you can start your new career!