Everyone knows that the toughest part of getting a job is securing the interview. In fact, most jobseekers focus their concentration on crafting the perfect résumé and cover letter, but tend to overlook the importance of employment references. Since people typically move around in their jobs, combined with mergers, downsizing, and a turbulent economy, it’s easy to lose track of former supervisors, co-workers, and customers who can offer a glowing recommendation. That’s why the members of Career Directors International are reminding everyone to take time out during the first full week of May to re-evaluate and touch base with their references; update their contact information; ask permission to continue to list them, thank them, and offer to serve as a reference as well.

Who makes the best reference? “There’s a common misperception among job seekers that all references need to be former supervisors,” says Susan Geary, Director of Public Relations for the CDI. “If you were a manager yourself, it’s in your best interest to seek professional references from co-workers and subordinates as well.” Geary also adds, “Don’t forget former clients and vendors who dealt with you on a regular basis–that will give the hiring manager a holistic view at how you dealt with different levels of personnel.” CDI’s President, Laura DeCarlo, recommends sending a copy of your résumé to all of your references so they can be on the same page when the call comes in. Jobseekers can find additional free advice concerning employment references at

May 5th-11th has been officially proclaimed Update Your References Week by Career Directors International, a global association of resume writers, career coaches, and other career practitioners. The best practice is to be prepared before you need to use a reference. Should you need help with current resume writing and job search practices, Breakthrough Resume Writing Service is a virtual (online) business that offers assistance to people from around the globe. From the privacy of your own home, you can contact Tammy at

About the Author:
Tammy Shoup, Executive Director and Head Writer of Breakthrough Résumés, is among a small number of professional résumé writers in the U.S. who has earned the title of Certified Professional Résumé Writer from the Professional Association of Résumé Writers / Career Coaches.

Shoup is also a member of the National Résumé Writers’ Association and Career Directors International. Her activity in both organizations ensures that her knowledge of industry and employment trends remains current. It also indicates her dedication to continuing education in her industry. Her work is published in both JIST and Barron’s career books. Please review Shoup’s information at www.breakthroughrésumé or or inquire directly to Tammy Shoup at

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