When seeking employment one of the most important assets is a solid reference from a former employer. As the job market is improving job seekers are coming up against more competition.
People underestimate the important of reference checks and how critical they are during an interview process. A lot of people don't think about them until the final stages or maybe until maybe it’s too late!
It is important to organise references when you are at the initial stages of your search and not to wait until you are at the final stage. It is important to organise references when you are at the initial stages of your search and not to wait until you are at the final stage. You may lose out on a job because you delayed getting references details over to a company quickly enough, the referees were unavailable or you didn't provide an appropriate reference. You don't want a delay in in the references process to jeopardise your chances of securing a role.
It is a good idea to think about the following when going through the interview process:
If you don't have a previous employer or have only worked in one company in your career to date companies will generally accept a lecturer in university or sometime a character reference also
In a word no, Your former employer has no legal obligation to give you a reference, Also if they do decide to give you a reference there is no rule about how long or detailed its need to be. This is why it is very important to have made contact with the referees before a company contact them to make sure they are happy to provide a detailed positive reference & that they won't provide a reference with just "yes & no" answers
If you are currently seeking work and are experiencing any difficultly in relation to getting to the final offer stage do get in touch. We are very experienced in this area and would be delighted to provide some advice and assistance to make sure you achieve your goal.