If you’re on the job hunt, make sure your references are impeccable.

And if you are an employer – make sure you review references carefully.

Excellent references can be critical to landing a job. Job seekers should contact former employers and ask permission to list them as a reference. If you left a job due to a bad boss or supervisor – find a manager or supervisor who will speak well of you.

Should you ask your references for a letter of recommendation? It’s not necessary, as most employers will prefer to speak or email directly with your references.

If you are an employer checking references – avoid asking “yes” or “no” questions. Ask about the person’s abilities, work ethics, attendance patterns, how they interact with others, trustworthiness, and professionalism. These are just a few questions we ask when conducting reference checks.

Legal Locator Service has been screening job applicants’ backgrounds for 27 years. We know our industry. Call us at 866-225-2435 (toll-free) or 503-697-5821. Certified Women-Owned Business DBE-WBE-ESB. Multilingual speaking office. www.legallocatorservice.com

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