Who should not be used as a reference for a job?

Don’t use a reference who you have not prepared to receive a call from a prospective employer, says Cheryl Palmer of Call to Career. “Good references are willing to help you, but they may inadvertently hurt you if you have not prepared them for the call that they will get from potential employers.

Can you list anyone as a reference?

Examples of possible references include former coworkers, work or internship managers, professors, coaches, or even heads of organizations you have volunteered with. Hiring managers might call your references and ask them questions about your skills and background.

What type of person should you use as a reference?

If possible, you should choose someone who has supervised you professionally or who has worked closely with you. A manager, supervisor or even a co-worker from a casual job may be able to speak to your work habits or transferable skills (the skills that you can take from one job to another).

Who can be a reference for a job UK?

The best people to be your referees are:
  • former employers, especially a mentor or boss.
  • your teacher/lecturer/tutor.
  • your PhD supervisor or examiner.

Can you put your boyfriend as a job reference?

Yes, you can use a family member as your reference person, if your entire working career has been spent in a family business.

Can you use a friend as a personal reference?

Personal references are commonly provided by teachers, lecturers, group or club leaders, neighbours, friends and family members. Those providing the reference should know you well and be able to give examples that back up statements about your character.

Can a colleague be a reference?

Colleague

Someone you worked alongside at a previous job, even if they weren’t your boss, can be an excellent reference. They will be able to speak about things you worked on together and what you achieved as a team.

How do you ask someone if you can use them as a reference?

Always ask before including someone as a reference. Send a polite email or call them on the phone, offering a few details about the request including timelines. After your reference agrees, send them your updated resume and details about the position. Follow up in a timely manner, thanking them for their reference.

Can I use family as a personal reference?

Personal reference

You should avoid listing family members or your spouse as personal references, as they might be perceived as biased. You want to choose personal references who have known you at least one year, think positively of you, are able to communicate well and are available on short notice.