How To Use Proper CV / Resume Referencing To Land The Job
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How To Use Proper CV / Resume Referencing To Land The Job

A CV or resume has different section and the reference section; which happens to be the very last part of the CV has to be done properly to effect competitive advantage over rival job seekers. How should this section be done? Is referencing that important? Should you even add references? These are pertinent questions that will be answered in this article.

The CV is perhaps the most important document any career person is ever going to write in his / her life. The CV is needed for getting job interview calls; not necessary landing the job but everyone knows that more interview calls means more opportunities to landing your dream job.

There is an aspect of the CV that is often relegated to the background while outlining those fancy degrees gotten from numerous reputable institutions. That one important area is the reference section of the CV. Most learned fellows don’t know how to do it the right way or the rules regarding referencing.

In this article, we will examine those things you need to know when it comes to proper referencing. Buckle your seat belt as we go on this educative ride.

What Is Referencing In CV Preparation?

Where it applies to CVs or resumes, referencing is the recommendation required from you from hiring firms or your employer to be. The reference section contains those persons who vouch to your worthiness for the job in question. They are usually persons of repute themselves, whose position or status could speak in your good stead.

Basic Rules Concerning Using References

There are some rules that should be followed for your referencing to achieve the desired effects. Here are some of those rules.

  • Only use the people you know and who know you

Some job applicants use their college professors whom they only related with on few occasions just because he is a professor or the MD of a prominent firm whom they have only met once in their life. This is wrong. Your references should know you well; and know you by your first name. Imagine a situation where the firm calls up your professor only for the professor to ask them who they are referring to. That would be the end of your journey as regard that interview.

  • Call up your references and inform them

Before using anyone in your CV reference section, make sure you inform them. Tell them which of the companies might be calling. It doesn’t show proper ethics to use someone without informing him / her.

  • Avoid the common format of using “References on Demand”

This is very common with most CVs and Resumes. Employers to be want to see those references in your CV. They don’t usually have the time to call and ask you for the references where there are hundreds of CVs to attend to. To be on the safe side, always include your references.

  • Use at least 2 references

Avoid using too many references or only one reference. The proper number of references to use is 3. If space doesn’t permit, then you could use two but never one.

  • Avoid using references that bear your surname

You are not supposed to use your father or uncle for your CV references. Of course they will speak well of you. Using persons outside your homestead authenticates and places higher values on your references.

  • Be careful of your references

There is nothing as painful as losing a juicy job offer or interview because one of your references spoke ill of you. You have to be careful and sure that ALL your references will speak well of you.

If all the above points are noted, then you have done your own part. Let the CV speak for you; bearing in mind that you have taken care of the other parts of the CV in a professional way.

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