10 things you need to know about creating good referencesJob references (as well as job referrals) can come from anywhere – work, organizations you belong to, volunteer experiences, former professors, fellow alumni, etc. You never know when one of the people you’ve met along the way will be in a position to get you in the door for a new job.The best traditional references are usually bosses you’ve worked for and people you’ve worked with who can speak directly to what you’re like in the workplace. Some tips to help build relationships that can stand the test of time – even if you need to ask for a reference years later:
(1) Each person you work with is a potential reference – or referral.
(2) People remember you for what you do, but even more so for what you do for them.
(3) Each day is a chance to build relationships that can one day help you in your career.
(4) Don’t forget that anyone may also be in a position to hire one day – or wind up working in a company you’re interested in.
(5) Don’t hide in the corner. To be remembered and respected, you need to step forward and accomplish things beyond the expected.
(6) While you don’t want to brag, it’s important to share things you’ve done in natural conversation so others will remember you.
(7) Be someone your boss and co-workers know they can turn to when things get tough.
(8) Be someone who comes prepared with possible solutions when you tell your boss about a problem.
(9) Find ways to add positive things to the work environment and to your co-workers days.
(10) Stay in touch with people even after you leave.