Job references are the part of resume during the job search, sometimes mandatory for the experienced. They can either make or break your chance of getting shortlisted for a job. Ideally, Job aspirants should provide references of people who can vouch for their skills, attitude and knowledge. These are the people who are regularly in touch with professionally. However at times, your references become a nightmare for you, often curtails your chances of getting shortlisted for a job interview.
Job References can make or break your chances for the next step to catch a job. So be careful about who you mention as your job references to prospective employers to learn more about you when they take feedback for you from them. So, Make sure of your job references that, the right people are saying the right things about you. Here are some people you should never be mentioned in your reference list.
Family Members as Job References
You should never mention your family members as job references, which are not linked to you professionally. Hiring managers generally assume your parents, your family members can’t give an objective view of your work history or how you’ll behave as an employee, so don’t put them down as references. HR managers assume that parents would always give a favourable feedback towards the candidate. That goes for all family members, as they will most likely think you’re pretty great.
Probable employers are interested in your prior work experience, work ethics, skills, work attitude and your moral character but Your family’s opinion will always be biased. Hence family members are a big ‘NO’ in your reference list.
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Previous Employer Who Fired You
There are times when you can’t avoid the past and potential employer to converse with each other. In such a situation, If would have ended your last company run on a bad note, then in such a situation, it isn’t necessary to take the name of your that past employer.
A reference who fired you, will either say all negative about you or nothing at all because they have nothing nice to say for you. Your earlier employee as they fired you will talk about how you were a terrible and weak employee. It is safe to assume that if you did not leave on good terms, then they should not be used as a reference for your next job hunt. Hence give a past employer who can vouch for you.
Friends/Roommates with whom you have never worked
Your potential employer seeks information that is useful to judge you on certain technical and managerial scale. If you haven’t worked with your friends or roommates, they aren’t going to be able to give the kind of information which the potential employers may be looking for.
A person with whom you have worked will have knowledge about how you faced challenges at work and aced them. A person talking about these will attract the employer’s faith in you as the candidate and what kind of work you do and how will you fit in the company.
Anyone who is not in Touch with for a Long Time
Don’t use a reference who you have not prepared to receive a call from a prospective employer. Good references are willing to support you in getting a good job placement, but they may inadvertently hurt you if you have not prepared them for the call and queries that they will get from potential employers.
You should keep updated your references when you are going for a job interview and for which organization because you cannot predict how quickly the employers may call to verify your skills mentioned in your CV.
A reference, with whom you have not spoken to for a long time, may not know of your new achievements and skills. Hence it’s important that you share the reference to a person with whom you are in touch on a regular basis especially on the professional front.
Give your references your most recent resume as well so they are up-to-date on what you’ve been doing.
A Person who Struggle to Answer
A person who would struggle to answer questions about you is not at all needed in your reference list. It is always good to give a reference from a person who knows every bit about your professional career and same he can speak out. Otherwise, a potential employer would gather that you don’t have a good person who can speak about your abilities and strength.
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If you’re failing in your job search, know that you’re not alone in this search. Avoid general mistakes and hone your search strategy so that you prove yourself as a better choice as a candidate. Job aspirants should just be honest in mentioning their references are and how they know them. It’s better not to provide references at all if the employer doesn’t ask for them.
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