Our CV includes personal details, profile sentences, work experience, education, references and skills. Today I would like to take a stand and talk about your References. The people in your CV references can vouch for your character, skills, and work performance. Recruiters like to contact your references to find out more about you.
The questions that the recruiters are most likely to ask the people you noted can be:
- What is their relationship to you?
- Are you a good employee?
- Why are you no longer working for them?
- What are your defining characteristics, such as abilities, work ethics, interpersonal skills, punctuality etc.?
- Will you be a good fit for this job?
When choosing your references, you should remember that recruiting professionals will always check them; here are some tips:
- Be careful with who you include in the list; make sure they know you well. For example, you may write the name of someone with a very high position in your company or even a well-known professional in the field. However, please note this will only do you much good if they know you enough to have something meaningful to say about you.
- It would be best not to put your friends or relatives in your references.
- Traditionally you should provide at least two references on your CV. The first should be your current or former employer, and the second can be someone who knows you well in a professional or academic setting.
- Remember that if you use a former employer as a reference, it should be the most recent.
Use a clear and short format to present your reference: Full name, job title, company name, work phone number and/or email. Briefly describe your relationship with the contact.
For example, My mentor, Yael Uzan-Tidhar, Programme Director, Nhloso Likusasa Le’lichakazile, email@example.com
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