Who do you have listed as your referees on your resume? Do you ALWAYS ask beforehand or run with the *she’ll be right* attitude? The truth is, it pays to give this one some thought. Let us explain.
Always ask a person before listing them as a referee. We receive negative references – more often than you would probably expect and it’s because someone has misunderstood their departure or their relationship.
Ideally, include referees who you have directly reported to and/or someone senior to you. This can be difficult for some people, especially those who work in contract roles or for themselves. In this instance, consider suppliers or clients – people you worked with professionally.
Never falsify a reference because you will be found out and people can and do lose their jobs over it.
Like many recruiters, we understand that things happen. People don’t always get along and sometimes you depart on bad terms. If you didn’t get along with a boss, don’t list them as a referee. Instead, have a conversation with the new employer/recruiter – honesty is the best in this situation.For more practical job seeker tips, like and follow our Facebook page.