I’m sure you can rustle up two people who would write something vaguely complimentary about you. Even so, manage the process, don’t leave it to chance.
The South African golfer Gary Player was once asked whether he thought he was lucky on the golf course. ‘Yes’, he reportedly answered, ‘and the more I practise the luckier I get.’
There’s a clear message here for all aspiring job-changers: to get the best results, leave as little to chance as possible. For most of the process of putting a CV together, control is very much in our own hands. We choose the format, determine the content and style, and decide who to send it to.
Typically, though, when it comes to providing the names of referees to potential employers, we can ...