Employers expect you to have about three references whom they can contact after your interview.

You should contact your references and ask for them for permission before you submit them to an employer.

Keep your references updated on your job search. Follow up with your references if you get the job, and be sure to thank them.

Only provide references once requested by the employer.

Your references can include:

  • Current supervisors
  • Supervisors from past jobs (ideally from a job you held during college)
  • Former or current co-workers
  • JWU professors
  • Contacts that you made doing volunteer work
  • Contacts that you made at professional clubs and organizations