Why you should add your References Checks when applying for a job

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April 13, 2022
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In our previous blogs we have given you insights about how to write your CV. Let’s now discuss the essence of adding a reference check to your CV.

Before we get down to the serious part, let us run through the basics of the meaning of a reference check and the different types of reference checks and why you should or should not add it to your CV.

A reference check is when your potential new employer contacts your previous employers, schools, colleges, and other reference contacts to learn more about your employment history, educational background and qualifications for a job.

There are two types of employment references: personal/character references and professional references. It's important to know the difference between these two before you're asked to provide them, so that you can choose the right people to attest to your good qualities, work history, and job skills.

While technology nowadays allows for advanced investigation into verifiable information about applicants, the personal or character reference check remains the best way to obtain others’ perceptions of you. Personal character references tend to be people who have been relatively close to you as you’ve grown up. So typically, this might be a neighbor or family acquaintance that you’ve got a positive relationship with. Or think of people within your local community, such as sports coaches, religious leaders. The key here is to select someone who has a genuinely positive impression of you as a person. It will also impress employers if their own credentials are trustworthy and if they can communicate your reference effectively. Important information to add is the relationship between the reference and yourself, as well as how long you have known each other.

A professional reference check is an in-depth process where your colleges, previous employers and personal references are contacted to discover more about your educational background, employment history and qualifications to make sure you are a good fit for the following position you applied for.

Be prepared to provide a list of your references to prospective employers when sending in your CV and motivational letter. Make sure to ask your references if they are willing to provide a reference for you and get their permission to give out their contact information. When you do so, provide some background on the job and the employer’s requirements, so that your reference can make the best case for hiring you.

We are sure that with all these handy tips that you are on the right track of scoring that new job.


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