Choosing Referees

By: Job Seeker Coach  25-Aug-2014
Keywords: Job Search, Employment Vacancies, Resume Writing

Choosing referees is a critical part of the job application process. On many occasions I have been nominated as a person’s referee and have neither been asked or briefed beforehand. In these cases the person is taking a risk as I may not be the best referee for them. You must choose your referees carefully, ask them first and brief them on the role you have applied for. They have to know about your work behaviour, be able to support statements you may have made about yourself and, most importantly, must be able to answer questions about your ability to do the job you have applied for. In short, they must be able to support your application enthusiastically and honestly. Ideally they would be your current or past manager/supervisor though anybody else who knows your work is acceptable. A personal friend from outside work is not appropriate. Potential employers understand you may not want to use your current manager as your referee, however, you need to be prepared to answer a question about why this is the case. In your answer, do not say anything negative or critical and explain why those you have nominated can give better information about your abilities.

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