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Job references and employment references are vital in the job search process. So they need to be favorable. A company will request job references when they are seriously considering you. Most companies require job references from previous employers, not from personal contacts. 


Consider the following tips for job references

  • There is no need to list your references on your resume or CV.
  • Avoid giving out a bad job reference by always checking with your references in advance. Also, let them know the positions you are aiming for.
  • It is best to have reference from your immediate managers or senior management.
  • Most companies do not give reference letters. However, they give a letter that shows the period of employment and title.
  • Each reference should know your employment history, at least briefly.
  • Prepare a list of your job references and their contact details. Then take this list with you to job interviews. And give the list to the employer, when asked.
  • Always thank those who gave you a reference at the end of your job search. They will appreciate it and remember it next time you need a reference.

If you are serious about your job search, don’t ignore the hidden job market. 


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