Choosing the right reference is crucial to moving forward in your career. Here are some people to consider: Current Supervisors or Managers: Can speak to your experience, work ethic, and character. Have worked with you and know your capabilities. Former Employers: Know your work well and can recommend you for a job. Glowing references can hold as much weight as any other references. Valued Coworkers: Can provide insight into what you’re like day-to-day. Should be familiar with your work duties. Clients: Can leave a lasting impact on hiring decision-makers. Can vouch for your ability to interact with customers and the quality of work that you do. Supervisors or Managers Where You Volunteered: Can speak of the work styles you employ while volunteering. Can vouch for your character and work ethic. Internship Connections: Can act as references to endorse your skills and capabilities. Best references are those who worked with you directly. Teachers or Professors: Can speak to your potential within the field. Best to use as references are those who run courses directly related to your field. Academic Advisors: Know your skills and capabilities. Their insight is valuable to hiring managers. Once you have been successful with the interview and references the next step is the offer! Here is a great article on how to evaluate an offer. Find more career tips and articles in our knowledge base. Core Executive Consultants is one of the top consulting and executive search firms in our market. We focus on building relationships that earn an endorsement. Our recruiters work in five distinct practice areas: Engineering & Operations, Human Resources, Food Manufacturing, IT, and Finance & Accounting. Core Executive's focus is recruitment and executive search for mid to executive-level management positions on behalf of our clients. Our candidates are top-notch professionals who are looking to improve their careers and the organizations that they join. Our Consultants are experienced, long term recruiters, who understand candidate and client requirements. We work collaboratively to help find the right match.