Things to Consider Before Mentioning References on CV

A conventional C.V. consists of a number of important parts, including the references section at the end of the C.V. Common and widespread practice is to include at least one or two referees who know you well, have worked with you in one way or another and who can vouch for you to the prospective employer. Your references are people, called referees, who can testify about your character, skills and abilities to prospective employers.

The employers of your recruiting company might call them up or request in writing some information about you. They might ask your referees information about you basically as in what capacity do you know this person? What can you tell me about their skills, abilities, work ethics, punctuality, personal character, and conduct with other people? Is this person employable?Will they be a good fit for this job role and our organisation?Should we consider hiring them? These are the things the prospective employers can enquire to know about you before they will hire you. Anyone your former employer, manager, supervisor, teacher, coach can be your referee.Family, friends,strangers can’t be your referees.

Your references may or may not be required in your C.V. It’s required when requested by the employer, to make things easier for the recruiter or make him impressed, to give your c.v. more credibility, fill up empty space to make your c.v. more complete. Reference shouldn’t be mentioned if it is irrelevant while applying at early stage, could take valuable space that can be used for more important things, could raise more questions if you cannot include your current/previous employer, applicants who were fired, dismissed, or made redundant by their most recent employer and who don’t have two good references. For making reference letter always ask permission of your referees before you give their details to recruiters. This will also make them aware that they might receive a phone call about you.Always state the job title of your references. Before you make references in your resume’ read the job description carefully
The job description should tell you everything you need to know about how (or if) you should send references. Often times, a reference list is requested in the online application process. In this case, you can simply include your contacts here. If not, follow instructions from the posting carefully. If there is no mention of including references, simply send your resume with no reference list until it is brought up in the interview process.

A typical reference specimen:

Job Title_________
Company/ Organization____________
Relation (e.g. Your Direct Report or Manager etc.)_________


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