OK, so you've created your CV , and now you need to sort out your references. Common business practice deems it perfectly acceptable to just put "Available on request" as it frees up valuable space on your CV for you to talk about your work experience. You should create a separate references document that matches the look and format of your CV and send that out when you're asked for references.
You'll want to include the following information for each referee:
- Full name
- Relationship to you
- Job title and company name (if applicable)
- Postal address
- Telephone number
- Email address
Picking a good referee
When picking a referee, it's better to pick someone from your employment history. A former supervisor is best, as the recruiter will see that person as ideally placed to evaluate you as an employee. If you have been away from the job market for a while, someone responsible who has known you for a while can be a good substitute. It would be great if that person also works in your field, as it makes it easier for the recruiter to discuss your work capabilities.
And don't forget the most important bit: It's no good putting someone down as a referee if you don't tell them about it! It will also help you greatly if you tell them a little about the role and company you're going for so they're fully briefed. For instance, an old manager will be able to better pinpoint the right things to say if you give them the job description.
Store Manager, ABC Company
10 Store Street, City XX0 0XX
If you find you're getting bad references from a former employer, consult our article, References - legal overview.
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