Reference Available Upon Req

Reference Available Upon Req


Reference Available Upon Request on Resume

The hiring manager is not looking at your resume to assess how you perform on the job. They are looking at your resume to assess how well you would fit into the job. Career reference checks are your window into the psyche of the hiring manager and some companies use the questions as a hiring filter (which is a fair questioning tactic when you consider an applicant’s past experience).


Nadine Lewis is a qualified and experienced careers consultant currently working in higher education. She is passionate about empowering students, graduates and professionals to take control of their careers. Nadine has been published in Prospects and presented at various events. In her spare time, she enjoys attending cultural activities and travelling around Europe. LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/nadinermlewis

It’s critical to note that a resume and a CV or curriculum vitae are not the same things. If your profession or your experience deserves more than one page, then a CV might be the best way for you to highlight your amazing qualifications. But if you’re like most people, then your career achievements can be summed up in one page, with a lot of tweaking. And that one page needs to be a real eye-catching masterpiece of professional success. That is, if you want to get the job. (Source: www.zippia.com)


There are other alternatives to including “references available on request.” Asking referees to post recommendations on your LinkedIn profile and then referring the employer to your page could save time and precious CV space. However, if taking this route, it’s important these are up-to-date and high quality. Another option is to create a separate document on which to provide referee details once an employer asks for references. Depending on how long it is since you asked the referees if they could provide a reference, I would still give them a call to let them know to double check their details - last thing you want is for your future employer to ring an old number!

But even that was a long, long time ago. It became so standard and ubiquitous to have that line at the bottom of a resume that it became superfluous. Employers knew that applicants for a job would provide them with references. If they asked for them and the applicant didn’t or wouldn’t supply them, well then, those applicants’ resumes went right in the trash can. (Source: www.zippia.com)


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