DON'T FORGET PERSONAL REFERENCES: While most employers and schools ask that you submit professional references, they also usually ask for at least one personal reference. These should not include your parents, spouse or siblings. However, they can be colleagues, long-time associates, or very close friends who can speak of your character outside of the workplace.
A personal reference will be able to share about your trustworthiness, reliability, and commitment to the community, family, and personal endeavors. These references should still be a professional, but doesnâ€™t have to be someone you worked with in a professional capacity. Itâ€™s also important to note that tips 1-4 also apply to personal references.