References and Recommendation Letters

Your references often have an impact on whether or not you receive a job offer or acceptance to graduate school, so it's important to carefully consider who you ask to be a reference. These are professional, not personal, references, so only consider those who know you, your work, and your abilities well.

Possible references and recommenders might include bosses, supervisors, clients, professors, and administrators. Once you've decided whom to include, ask them directly if they are willing to serve as a reference or write a recommendation. Never let an associate be surprised by a reference request--you might not get the positive report you were looking for!

Find out out more about choosing and making the most of your references with the Career Development Center's Reference Handout