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Can I Keep Recycling References?


Dear Experts,

The references I use when on the job search have always given me high recommendations when job searching. However, I have been using these references for a few years now. Should I update my references, or stay with the ones that have served me well in the past? Also, if I do keep them on my resume, should I call them to say I am on the job search so they may expect a call?

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

Q#258 Let them know you’re using them, but feel free to update if you have good recent ones. (@beneubanks)

Q#258 Tried & true or brand new ref, doesn’t matter, but NEVER put out their info w/o their knowledge. Ever. (@dawnbugni)

Q#258 Update if they’re years old, but don’t drop the old ones. Definitely let them know in advance. (@louise_fletcher)

Q#258 If u have refs that have served u well, no need 2 switch. Why fix what isn’t broken? Tell them when ur using them. (@DebraWheatman)

Q#258 Update them if you can, but definitely let them know to expect a call. It’s just common courtesy. (@gradversity)

Q#258 References are like flowers: Use most recent you have & thank them often to keep them positive. (@jtodonnell)

Q#258 Give heads up re call so refs answer phone; tell them abt job & ensure ur/their comfort w/them as ref. (@juliaerickson)

Q#258 OK 2 reuse recommndrs if they can still speak 2 current skillset. Definitely let them know u are jobsearching. (@sweetcareers)

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