Why You Need a References Dossier

Alright, you have a polished resume and an impressive cover letter. You’re done, right? Don’t forget about your references dossier! But, this should be the easy part, right? You can just put down one of your best friends at work; you know they’ll vouch for you. Many people underestimate the importance of having quality references. It’s more important than you realize to have a polished, well-spoken reference with some clout.

You should select a few professional individuals who will represent you well and be able to speak to your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to your past experiences. Don’t put someone’s name down just because they are a friend at work. Include references who are about to speak to specific examples of achievements or projects. References should be able to highlight your strengths, represent you well, and clearly articulate your aptitude.

It’s also imperative that you first ask someone to be your reference. You do not want your future employer to catch your former colleague for surprise. They should be prepared with a few ideas of examples they can speak to prior to receiving the call. You can refresh their memory of a project you worked on together, and ask if they would feel comfortable being a reference.

As you can see, references are more complex than you may have realized. Our experienced resume writers will help you put together a well formatted references dossier, which is much more than just a list of names and numbers.  With the right references dossier, you will soar above the other candidates with specific examples about your unique qualifications for being hired.  We are ready to help with our References Dossier Creation, give us a call today! 816-986-0909