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What Is a Professional Reference?

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Question: What Is a Professional Reference?
You may see a notation in a job posting to provide professional references with your job application or you may be asked for a list of references after you have interviewed with a company.
Answer: A professional reference is a reference from a person who can vouch for your qualifications for a job. A professional reference is typically a former employer, a colleague, a client, a vendor, a supervisor or someone else who can recommend you for employment.

When you apply for a job you may be asked for a list of professional references either after a job interview, or in some cases, when you apply for a job.

Have a list of references ready to provide for employers, including name, job title, company, address and contact information. Before you use someone as reference be sure that you have asked them if you can give out their name to prospective employers.

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