On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me….
….Two Turtle Doves! Following on our 12 days of Christmas theme with a twist, we decided to go for:
On the second day of Christmas The CV Righter said to me two referees and a killer CV!
Not all employers ask for references when offering a new role but a good deal do; therefore it is important to make sure you have the contact details of 2 referees to hand. Don’t put these details in your CV for a number of reasons:
- You do not want your referees being contacted until you are ready, if one or more of your referees in a current employer – then you really do not want them being contacted until you have decided to take a role (and have handed in your notice).
- As you send your CV into a number of agencies and direct employers you will unfortunately come across some recruiters who will use the contact details to make contact (often using your name) and try to gain a lead for recruitment. Not what you want put yourself in your referee’s shoes – being hounded by sales people using your name is not going to go down well.
- Save precious space on your CV – use the space on your CV more effectively, there is enough room for another bullet point in a remit or an achievement instead of someone’s contact details.
- Data protection – yes, that is right – we need to be more conscious of giving out other peoples details!
I have previously covered references in CVs here.