Who can I use as a professional reference?

Here are five people you can include on your list of professional references if you want to land the job:Former Employer. A previous employer can provide the best insight into your work ethic. Colleague. Teacher. Advisor. Supervisor.

Can a friend be a professional reference?

Friends… but only if they’re a professional reference Most of the time, leave your friends off your list of references. There are two occasions when using a friend as your reference is acceptable: They’re currently employed at the business to which you’re applying. They were your supervisor.

Why do employers want references?

Reference checks help potential employers confirm that candidates have been honest in their job application and interview responses. Reference checks are also an opportunity for an employer to get a sense of a candidate’s performance on the job and personal qualities.

Should I list my current supervisor as a reference?

Most employers will ask for references later in the interview process – after they have decided you are worth considering further. However, sometimes employers do ask for references in their job posting. If so, it is fine to omit your current employer.