Who Should You List as a Job Reference If You’re Just Starting out in Your Career?

March 10th, 2017

Starting out in your career can be a gigantic challenge. How can you prove your abilities when you don’t yet have any professional experience to show? Also, if you don’t have any professional experience, who should you list as a job reference when asked? While these are tough questions to answer, the good news is everyone has to start somewhere, and most employers are understanding of this. If you are just beginning your career path and are asked to present a list of references, consider citing the following:

  • Teachers or professors. Academic references can be equally as valuable as professional references. Did you have a teacher or professor you worked with closely on a special project or who assisted with helping plan your career path? Teachers and professors are typically used to being listed as references so don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Think about extracurricular work you’ve done. Have you volunteered your time for any organizations or participated in any clubs? If so, consider reaching out to the person who was the leader or your mentor in these extracurricular activities. If you held a position of leadership in these activities, be sure to cite that, too!
  • Someone unrelated you’ve helped with work. Think back to any odd jobs you may have had. Did you ever shovel neighbors’ driveways, mow lawns in your neighborhood, walk dogs or babysit? As long as you are unrelated to the people you were helping with these jobs (and they agree to being listed!), you can use them as a reference!

Taking the first steps towards beginning your career in Oklahoma City is an exciting time. Having a solid list of references to provide, professional or otherwise, is a critical component to your job-seeking toolkit. 1st Staffing Group has been helping Oklahoma City job seekers jumpstart their early careers by helping them find the best job opportunities in Oklahoma. If you are looking to get your foot in the door to begin your new career, contact Oklahoma City’s best recruitment firm at 1st Staffing Group today!

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