The 8 Best People to Choose as Job References

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So you have a good feeling you’re going to nail your interview. After the interview, the potential employer will likely request references. To prepare, you sit down to compile your list of references and it happens — your mind goes blank. Many people struggle to create their winning line-up of job references, even after several part-time jobs and years spent developing professional relationships.

Consider these eight people when making your reference list:

1. Recent bosses

Current or previous employers speak best about your work ethic. Leaving your boss off your reference list gives the impression there’s a reason you didn’t want your future employer to contact them.

Explain why you didn’t include your employer if you’re leaving them off your list of references. Maybe you don’t want your boss to know you’re looking for a new job. Regardless, include at least one person from your current job.

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