Putting together a CV needs one to put a lot of thought into it, as it serves as the first point of contact before your potential employer can decide if you are worthy of seeing them or not.
Another thing that needs to be considered is the type of roles you wish to apply for as it is better to choose references that will have an impact on the person who will be hiring you shares Indeed a business and employment-focused platform.
Confused about who to put in as part of your CV references? This article might be able to shed some light on who to have on your references.
- Recent boss – your current or previous boss will be the best bet to give information about your work ethic. Excluding your current or last boss on your references may be seen as a red flag, as your potential employer may wonder what is it that you don’t want to know your former boss off your reference list — even if your former boss wasn’t so great! — can give the impression there’s a reason you didn’t want your future employer to contact them.
Professors – if the manager you worked for no longer works for the company you worked for, Linkin suggests using your tertiary professor. The business and employment hub adds, “Professors discuss your performance as a student and your overall character and ways of thinking, shares Glassdoor.”
Current colleagues – just as recent bosses are important as references, colleagues are important too as they know how you are in the workplace, shares Indeed.
High School Teacher or Coach – school teachers can share your progress over the time they were with you and your participation in school events. “Teachers and coaches often act as mentors throughout high school and into your early adult life. While they may not be able to give a thorough glimpse into your professional background, educators and coaches you were close to can help provide clarity into your merit as an individual,” shared Glassdoor.
Any Place You’ve Volunteered – volunteering is a sign of good conduct. If you have volunteered somewhere, it might be best to add the organization as part of your references as that, “demonstrates your willingness to go beyond what is expected of you.”
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