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5 Tips to Get Great References

Jeff Hindenach | MonsterCollege

May 04, 2010


Network, Network, Network


Finding great references is like dating; you have to wade through an endless pool of candidates to find the cream of the crop. Everyone in your line of work is a potential reference. But that doesn’t mean you have to solicit every single colleague. Do your research. Find out who are the big names in your career field and where they work. Pinpoint the names that could help your career (even if they are in your own office) and focus on networking with them.

Tips: Bring business cards along to any networking event. Find out what networking events the big names in your field attend. Be aggressive. Most high rollers in your field probably don’t like being accosted at random events or being solicited by random email, but give them a reason to stop and listen.



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