One of the most important parts of the job-seeking or college admission process is the ability to provide quality references. If an employer or school asks you to supply them with references, itâ€™s usually a clear indication that the testimony of those persons will play a big part in whether you get the job or get accepted. The old adage is still true: Itâ€™s not what you know, but who you know.â€
With this is mind, references should be chosen carefully, strategically, and wisely. Consider these 5 tips the next time you submit the list of those who could very well make or break the decision to extend the offer. ---Aisha Taylor
Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to â€œequipping, preparing, and empowering todayâ€™s professionalâ€ globally. Check out her weekly insights on job-seeking and interviewing success every Friday on BlackEnterprise.com.