Call (800) 890-5645
Do You Know What Your Former Boss Will Say About You?

Press Room

For Immediate Release

How do you make your references stand out from the job-seeking crowd?

5 Steps to make your references a powerful asset on your behalf.

Detroit (Oct 16, 2012) - It's no secret that in today's challenging job market, you'll likely need some less-than-traditional tools in your arsenal. Too many applicants simply use their previous references as a listing to be offered upon request by prospective employers, say the reference checking experts at Allison & Taylor.

Here are 5 steps designed to make your references powerful assets in your job-seeking toolbox:

1. First, make a list of all your prospective references. Begin with the first job that is relevant in management of your career today. You need to select those who have carefully observed your job performance. Your references need to have seen you in action, hopefully performing well in adverse conditions. Be sure to gather all- important contact data about every potential reference, including: name, title, company, address, telephone/fax number, and e-mail address. (Get information on how to modernize your reference list here.)

2. Narrow the list. After you have made your list of references, select those that you feel will be most willing to give you an excellent report. A typical list of references should include at least 5 names, depending on the amount of experience a candidate has accumulated.

3. Contact each reference personally (beforehand). Send each selected reference a note stating that you are seeking new employment and that you would like to use them as a reference. Be sure to share with them your current resume and let them know of the position you are applying for, as well as the type of qualities the company is likely seeking. Emphasize those aspects of your skill set that you wish highlighted by the reference to prospective employers. (Click here for 5 tips to make sure your professional reference an asset.)

4. Conduct your “due diligence” ahead of time. The last thing you want is to lose out on a good position because you did not have your references organized, validated and prioritized. You can even use your references as effective networking tools in asking them to keep your name out in front of those with whom they associate. Again, tell your references what you have been doing since the last time you worked with them. Not only is this the courteous thing to do; it also keeps them updated on your career. Any reference that is well informed about the progression of your career will be a much better reference. Lastly, ask them if they know of any current job openings in your field.

5. Finally, craft your finished product - your reference list that showcases your working relationship, and skill set, with each of your key references. Create your reference list so that an employer will see exactly how you/your references interacted, and those attributes that will “talk” to the skill set your prospective employers are seeking. (See how to format your reference list by clicking here.)

In summary, utilize a proactive, creative approach to showcasing your references to differentiate yourself from most other applicants and ensure that the next “new hire” will

About Allison & Taylor:

Allison & Taylor and its principals have been in the business of checking references for corporations and individuals since 1984. Allison & Taylor is headquartered in Rochester, Mich. For further details on services and procedures please visit

Allison & Taylor -- Find us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter!

Media Contact:
Jeff Shane
800- 890-5645 toll-free USA/Canada
+1-248-672-4200 direct-dial
Allison and Taylor, Inc.

Back to Press Room

Live Help

Speak with one of our
Job Reference Specialists.

Order Now

FREE E-Book!
E-Book: References are Key to Job Offers

If the below fields are visible, ignore them.

Accept Terms?
Pinpointe Pixel

New Service
Video interviewing is the wave of the future. What will HR professionals say about your video interview?

Find Out Now

Job Reference, Background Checking & Employment Verification Services
Job Reference, Background Checking & Employment Verification Services
About Us | Timeliness | FAQ | Reference Checking Services | Contact Us | Affiliates | Blog | Media

The nation's leading provider of employment verification and reference checking since 1984.

© 1999 - 2024 Allison & Taylor Reference Checking

145 South Livernois Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307 USA

Credit card logos

Call us toll free (800) 890-5645

Privacy Policy | Questions or Comments

Job Reference, Background Checking & Employment Verification Services

The material provided on this site is meant to be informative or illustrative. No description, language or communication provided or stated on this site is intended to provide legal advice or is to be construed as providing any legal opinion or conclusion, or advice of legal rights regarding any matter, including past, present or future claims or causes of action, under federal or any state law.

No link, reference or referral made by Allison & Taylor constitutes a guaranty, warranty or representation of the quality or professional standard of any services rendered or to be rendered.