Do Not Sell Yourself Short
Chances are you have a number of skills, but when you choose only supervisors who witnessed your multitasking ability or worked with you on desktop maintenance you miss the chance to have others boast about your performance. Prove to technical recruiters that you are qualified by spicing up your reference sheet with contacts who have witnessed all your strengths.
Consider the Questions
The point of the recommendation is to confirm you have the experience, knowledge, and skill to perform IT jobs. Research questions employers and IT recruiting firms tend to ask and consider who would provide the best response. Never list contacts from positions that ended on bad terms and if you feel hesitant about certain references, do not include them as it might hurt your chances with IT staffing companies.
Ask for Permission
After you have narrowed your selection, contact your references and ask for permission to use them for a recommendation. Not only are you asking for authorization to use their contact information, but you are also providing a heads up that you are actively seeking employment and that hiring managers or IT recruiting agencies will be contacting them in the future.
Keep References Informed
Keep in touch with your references so when you do reach out to them, it does not seem random. If possible, provide them with a copy of your latest resume. Connect with previous employers, co-workers, and IT recruiters on LinkedIn to keep them abreast of new positions or industries of interest. See if you share a connection to the hiring company that may be able to provide a recommendation for you. When you increase your network you open yourself up to more opportunities!
Keep references confidential and only provide them when interviewers or IT staffing firms request them. You have been granted permission to use this contact information, but do not abuse it by including it with every resume you send to technical recruiting companies. Finally, thank your references for their time. Their kind words could land you the job!
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.