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5 Tips to Get Great References

Jeff Hindenach | MonsterCollege

May 04, 2010

Cultivate Your Contacts

Don’t let the initial contact be the only correspondence between you and your desired references. One face-to-face meeting and an email don’t give them enough material to recommend you to a future employer. Make sure you are emailing or calling your contacts at least once a month. It will keep you fresh in their minds, and hopefully spark some discussions that will give them a better idea of your skills.

Tips: Not sure when is a good time to contact your desired references? Try when you’ve accomplished something substantial at work. And bonus points if you can work in how their advice helped you achieve your goal, such as “Thanks for the advice you gave me, it helped me launch this project, which was hugely successful.” This will also give them specific examples to pass along to future employers.

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