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In the past we have discussed references in terms of how they relate to your resume and cover letter. Not only are they valuable to include on your resume, but they also play a vital part of building up your own personal network. In order to make that happen, it’s important to really cultivate your connection and relationships with your chosen references. Read on for a few ways to ensure that you achieve that goal! 

Even though it may seem like picking out your references is the end of that chapter of the employment search, the experts would disagree. They believe that the best way to have lasting relationships with those in your network is by having ongoing conversations with them. There are several ways that you can stay in touch with your references. First, it’s a good idea to keep updating your references with how your job search is going. The more they know about your progress, the better they’ll be able to help you in the future. Another way that may seem a bit uncomfortable at first, is to check in with your references once they’ve been contacted by your potential employer and gauge how that went. It’s valuable insight that you can use to accentuate your continued job search. Next, it’s imperative that you express your gratitude to your references for their time and having agreed to vouch for you in the employment sphere. As you’re going forward in your new career, make sure to keep your references in the loop as you would any other mentor type. They’ll appreciate you making them feel included in the celebration of your success! Lastly, the best way to give back to those who’ve been advocating for you is to return the favor. Let it be known that you’re happy to do whatever you’re able to do to assist with your references' future searches for their own employment. Spreading the support to others can only help everyone succeed! 

Next time you are applying to a job, keep in mind the references that you choose to include in your application. You never know the role those individuals may play in your employment success! If you want to learn more about keeping the conversation going with your references, check out this informative resource I found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you feel the rejuvenating power of Spring and the promise of Summer on the horizon. See you in May! 

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