reference

  

Definition

An individual that serves as the point of contact for employers seeking to verify or ask questions about a potential employee’s background, work experience, or work ethic. An applicant may provide both professional and personal references to a potential employer.

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  • If I want to get a good job, I'll make sure to put at least one good reference in my resume.

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  • I'm going to use my buddy Chris as a reference because he knows how reliable I am when I'm at work.

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  • A middle aged widow has been out of work for ten years. Since her children are grown she sets out to find a job. She sent her resume and was called for an interview. However, when the interviewer asked for a reference from her former employers they were all gone.

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