References are an important component of any successful job or placement search. You can have an impressive resume, interesting cover letter, and exemplary portfolio, but for employers there’s nothing like having another person tell them how awesome you are. You should dedicate some time to choosing who you use as references. Your references can make or break your job hunt efforts.
First, asking a professional for a reference is important. Students should always start off with a pleasant introduction, stating what the reference is for. Also, mention to professionals why you chose them to speak on your behalf. Allow them a good amount of time frame to complete. Don’t forget to thank this professional for taking the time out to give you a reference.