Make sure you have job references before you apply for a job.
2. Ask a classmate, teacher, client, or another non-family member to be a reference for you.
3. Talk to your references before you give their contact information to a potential employer.

Can a bad reference cost you a job?

A reference can show that you are not suitable for a job if it is fair and accurate. For example, a reference can show you do not have enough experience for a job or say that you were dismissed.

What do I do if I only have one reference?

If you’re thinking of switching careers, the first step is to identify some friends at work who you trust enough to serve as references.
2. Ask at least three of them if they would be willing to be references for you.

Who can not give you a reference?

Family members should not be used as professional references.
2. Candidates have put family members on their reference list before, believe it or not.
3. A person who fired you will either say one of two things and should not be used as a reference.
4. Friends or roommates should not be used as references.
5. Anyone who’s not expecting a call should not be used as a reference.

Can you put anyone down as a reference?

You can list your current coworkers as references if you trust and feel comfortable with them. Oftentimes, they are the most qualified to answer questions about your responsibilities and skills. But only do this if you’re confident in providing that person’s information.

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