New look at the list of references

by Duda Trickovic, Head Editor, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick

New look at the list of references

When you are looking for job, list of references is a standard part of the hiring process. It is almost impossible to get a job if you don’t have a good reference. As I was conducting my job search, I stumbled upon this web site. Allison & Taylor (  company is specialised in a professional reference checking and employment verification.

Allison & Taylor on their web site offers several examples of a new way to present your references to the prospect employer; Samplereferencelist (

As you can see in the samplereferencelist, reference sheet can also be used as another way tell your future employer about some of your great achievements. Apart from the usual information, like name of the person, title, and the company name, this reference sheet also includes a description of your work relationship, as well as q short example of your accomplishments in that particular position. This kind of a reference sheet is used as another vehicle for promoting your skills. It also shows that you are serious about this job opportunity, and willing to go that extra mile to make the most of every point of communication. According to Allison & Taylor web site, this kind of reference list is not commonly used format, but it makes sense.

Another advantage of this kind of reference sheet is that with this your prospective employer knows what to expect when they talk to your references. By providing this info on your reference sheet you are being proactive, and making a job of your prospective employer easier. In other words you are taking advantage of every opportunity to make a best impression. In today’s extremely competitive job market, this is a very effective way to set yourself apart from the other candidates.

I also want to mention that Allison & Taylor (  web site is worth checking out. Another service this company offers is a job reference checking for the people looking for a job. This is a way for the job applicants to find out what their references are actually saying about them before applying for the job. Good reference is a last step in getting a position you want.

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ has had over 20 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.