IMPORTANCE OF REFEREES IN A CURRICULUM VITAE (CV)
By Idu Mwawa. Your referees are very important in the job seeking process. In Malawi, it is NOT recommended to hide referees in a Cv by writing “Referees are available on request” Most people focus on presenting their qualifications, skills and experience and spend little time deciding who should be their referees. But choosing a good referee can make all the difference. If you choose the wrong person, you might be rejected from jobs that were perfect for you. WHAT DO REFEREES DO? Referees provide extra information that lets a potential employer know about your work history, your skills and experience. This information reinforces what you have written on your Cv by giving someone else’s word that your claims are accurate. However, your referee can also be asked to give an opinion on your character, commenting on factors such as your reliability and punctuality. Occasionally employers ask for a character reference only, but usually they want to hear about aspects of your work history and your character. WHO CAN BE YOUR REFEREE? The best people to be your referees are:
- Current/Former employers, especially a mentor or boss
- Your Teacher/Lecturer/Tutor.