MAKE SURE THEY KNOW YOU WELL: One of the worst things that a job seeker can do is submit the name of a reference who doesnâ€™t really know them well. Yes, itâ€™s best to submit the names of high-ranking individuals. However, if those persons donâ€™t know you very well, it will be reflected in their recommendation.
Always list those who have worked closely with you and know your work ethic and contributions Youâ€™ll want to list someone who has worked closely with you or who has directly been informed of your contributions as an employee or student. The reference should be able to give specifics about your character and the quality of your work. Donâ€™t sacrifice the importance of first-hand knowledge for the sake of listing an executive.