A 2019 survey by SHRM found that 87% of employers conduct reference checks as part of the hiring process.
2. This means that if you’re applying for a job that requires professional experience, there’s a high chance that your potential employer will check up on your former work.
3. So if you’re job hunting, be prepared to provide references who can speak to your skills and experience.

Should I use my old boss as a reference?

A previous employer can provide the best insight into your work ethic.
2. They can speak to your skills, strengths, and abilities.
3. They can attest to your character and work ethic.
4. A positive reference from a previous employer can be extremely helpful in getting hired.

Who qualifies as a reference?

What are Professional References? Professional references are people who can attest to your qualifications for a job, based on their first-hand knowledge of your work ethic, skills, strengths, and achievements. Typically, a professional reference is a former employer, client, colleague, teacher, supervisor, etc.

Can I just have one reference?

It is not necessary to have more than one reference, but having only one may raise red flags for a potential employer. They may ask for a mix of previous direct supervisors and character references, so including one of your former teachers, a coach, or other people in a position of authority who can speak to your character, is a good idea.

Can I give 2 references instead of 3?

If you explain, and if they’re really interested, two will be fine.
2. Also – don’t forget about college jobs / part time work. They’re valid references, too.

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