I can still recall the nervous feeling in my stomach when I made the call and then popped the question: "I'm putting in for a new position, will you be one of my references?" I didn't receive a formal "I do," but just like an anxious groom, I was elated to hear the voice on the other end of the line say "yes." While it's common to fret over how to select and ask for a reference, it can be just as nerve-racking on the other side: acting as a reference yourself.
Having strong references can mean the difference between hearing, "You're hired!" and hearing nothing but dreaded silence. I've often covered the most appropriate methods of acquiring references, including asking permission, providing them with information about the position, and keeping them up-to-date with the overall process. This methodology is great if you already know who your references are, but where do you begin when you're not even sure who to ask?
How do you put references in a resume? Listing references in a resume is akin to combining oil and water-the two don't mix well, experts say. They offer various reasons for not doing so, and say sharing references isn't something you do when first applying; it's what you do when you're a serious contender for a job.