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(A) Contact that person to ask permission to provide their contact details and to advise them of your current campaign;
(B)Verify and confirm:
(i)current contact number; (ii)email address; and (iii)appropriate/contact time preferred.
Another strategy would be to refresh your referenceís memory about previous projects and contributions by supplying them with a copy of:
~ Your current resume; ~ Relevant experience and results achieved with referenceís organization; ~ Overview of your career goals and aspirations so that reference can provide information pertinent to that goal.
This will allow your reference to gain an understanding of your skill set and what it is you are targeting.
When preparing your references contact list, donít just state basic details such as name and contact details, but provide some background details as to how you know this reference and information they can confirm. Perhaps a succinct list of outstanding contributions that this reference can qualify would be beneficial too. Ensure that document is formatted professionally and in similar style (i.e. fonts etc) that your resume has been developed, as consistency in formatting and professional presentation is also important.
If position and company still sound exciting after initial interview and you would like to be considered in next round, try to confirm who will be contacting your references and approximate timing. This will allow you to touch base (either by phone or email) with your references and advise them of forthcoming reference check.
At completion of your career campaign, after receiving and accepting a firm job offer, do not forget to send a thank you card to each of your references to show your appreciation and to advise them of your success.
Annemarie Cross is a dual-certified, award winning Resume Writer and Career Coach, and the founder/principal of Advanced Employment Concepts, a career consultancy offering specialised services for people striving for success and fulfilment through their careers and work/life balance. Annemarie can be contacted at www.annemariecross.com