Professional References: The Secret Weapon in Your Job Search Arsenal

As the job market grows more competitive, it is critical to elevate your status as a qualified applicant in a verifiable way. An impactful résumé is a great way to get your foot in the door, but strong professional references add credibility to convince hiring personnel that you are the best candidate for the job. In this article, we’ll show you why professional references are hugely important, who the best people are to use as references, and how to successfully ask for a reference.

How important are references? In a study published by Robert Half in 2019 [1] “senior managers report removing one in three (34%) job candidates from consideration for a position with their company after a reference check.”

Many employers require references as part of the application process and the majority contact the colleagues you’ve listed.

A firsthand account of your performance from a supervisor or coworker proves more to a potential employer than the best stand-alone résumé can. References have the ability to lend credibility to claims regarding work ethic and skills and provide a potential employer with an idea of how you will fit into their company culture. Professional references can highlight