References are an important part of the job search process, but they can often be an afterthought. The U.S. Department of Labor recommends that job seekers have six professional references to provide to employers. Be sure you have properly prepared for supplying references. Failure to prepare references ahead of time can result in the loss of a potential job offer.
There is a difference between personal and professional references:
Employers are more likely to be interested in speaking to professional references, unless you have a limited work history. There are two primary levels of professional references: managers and coworkers.
Other possible professional references can also include clients, business partners, and colleagues you have worked with during your military service.
For more information on choosing your professional references contact your installation’s Transition Readiness and Family Member Employment Assistance programs, or the Marine for Life Network today!
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