Are you in the process of finding a new job or changing careers? If so, you may also be in the process of creating a resume for you. While résumés can be complicated and develop nervousness, they are usually much easier to write than originally thought. With that in mind, there are still many problems or complications that arise. For many résumé writers, that problem has to do with references.
On your resume, there is a good chance that you will list references. These references can typically come in two different formats. These formats are personal references and professional references. You will find that many employers actually like to see a combination of them both. Also, on average, most hiring companies like to see at least three references on their job applications and resumes.
Now that you know what many companies are looking for, in terms of references in a resume, you may want to start listing your references immediately. While this approach is one that you can take, you may want to proceed with caution. As stated earlier, one of the many mistakes that resume writers make involves their references. Below are some of the most common mistakes, as well as ways to prevent them from being committed, for your convenience.
One of the biggest mistakes that a job applicant, possibly like you, commits is not including references. If you are simply sending your résumé, you may leave without having any reference in the list, but you may not want to take any chances. If you are still aligning your references, you may want to have the phrases “references available on request”, under the heading of references on your resume. If you fill out a job application and are asked to provide references, you will want to do so. The omission of information in a job application can cause your request to be ignored.
Another mistake that many job seekers make, in terms of their curriculum vitae references, is not asking for a reference in the first place. In almost all cases, you will find that your references are verified. That is why it is important that you ask each person that you would like to be included in a resume or job application before including them as a reference. If you have already submitted your job application and your resume, without asking first, you will want to inform each individual, as soon as possible, that you used them as a work reference and that they may be receiving a phone call. This is important, since you do not want your references to be caught off guard, as it may affect your answers.
As indicated above, most companies like to see a combination of professional and personal references in their job applications and in all submitted resumes. This is a mistake that many job seekers also commit and one that you will not want to commit. For that reason, you may want to consider including four references in your job applications or resumes. This would allow him to have an even number of personal references and professional references.
The errors mentioned above are common mistakes that many job seekers make when writing a résumé for themselves. By taking these common mistakes into account, you can make sure you do not make similar mistakes. This should automatically improve your chances of getting the job of your dreams or at least a job interview.