When writing up your CV, you normally include a line at the bottom stating, “Reference available upon request”. But what happens if the Employer in question actually requests your reference? Who should you suggest? For people struggling on who to put as their reference, below are some ideas.
Professor or Teacher
If you have never had a job before. A former professor or teacher works wonderfully as a “professional” reference of sorts. This is because a teacher is an unbaised party who can provide information on your work ethics and level of enthusiasm when it comes to learning new things.
If one of the reasons you left your job was because you did not get along with your ex boss, consider asking a former supervisor to act as your reference instead. Chances are, your former supervisor spent more time with you on your projects than your former boss. This will give your employer in question a clearer picture as to who you are as a person and what you accomlished as an employee.
Most people choose former colleagues to act as their references. They are actually very valuable references because they can inform the employer in question about the kinds of projects you worked on together. They can also talk about your achievements as part of a team as well as your character and the enthusiasm you put into the work place.
For most people, putting a family member down as a personal reference is a no-brainer. However, this packs more power if you have a family member who can also speak to your skills as a professional. For example, while you may want to list your mother as a reference. Because she’s sure to give you a glowing review! Why not consider instead listing the cousin you played football competitively with? Your cousin is just as likely to give you a glowing review because he or she is family. But you also have the added benefit of a professional reference.
Of course. No matter who you choose as a reference, always be sure to thank your references. Whether or not the employer in question contacts them. Thanking your references is just as important as thanking those who interviewed you. And be sure to return the favor and offer to act as a reference for them too, should they ever need one.