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​Prepping Your Referees for Success

​Prepping Your Referees for Success

26 April 2024


As you near the final stages of securing a new role in local government, one often overlooked but crucial aspect is prepping your referees. These individuals play a pivotal role in influencing hiring decisions, so it's essential to ensure they are equipped to represent you effectively. Here's how to prep your referees for success:

  1. Choose Wisely: Select referees who know your work ethic, capabilities, and achievements well. They should be able to provide specific examples of your skills and accomplishments relevant to the role you're applying for. Opt for individuals who can speak confidently and positively about your professional attributes.

  2. Provide Context: Before reaching out to your referees, brief them on the position you're applying for and why you're interested in it. Offer insights into the organisation, its values, and the skills and experiences they are likely to prioritise. This context will help your referees tailor their responses to align with the role's requirements.

  3. Refresh Their Memory: Even if your referees know you well, it's essential to refresh their memory about your recent projects, achievements, and any relevant updates to your professional profile. Provide them with a copy of your resume or a summary of your recent endeavours to ensure they have accurate and up-to-date information.

  4. Highlight Key Points: Identify the key points you want your referees to emphasise during their discussions with potential employers. Whether it's your leadership abilities, problem-solving skills, or dedication to public service, ensure your referees understand the aspects of your candidacy you wish to highlight.

  5. Emphasise Confidentiality: Remind your referees of the importance of confidentiality, especially if you're still employed elsewhere or discussing sensitive information. Ensure they understand the need to respect your privacy and refrain from disclosing any confidential or proprietary information during their discussions.

  6. Offer Support: Be available to answer any questions or concerns your referees may have throughout the process. Provide them with your contact information and encourage them to reach out if they need additional information or clarification on any aspect of your candidacy.

  7. Express Gratitude: After your referees have completed their discussions with potential employers, express your gratitude for their support and assistance. A simple thank-you note, or email can go a long way in reinforcing your appreciation for their efforts on your behalf.

By taking the time to prep your referees effectively, you can enhance your chances of securing a new role in local government. Remember to choose your referees wisely, provide them with relevant context and information, and offer ongoing support and gratitude throughout the process. With a well-prepped team of referees behind you, you'll be well-positioned to make a positive impression on potential employers and land the job you desire.