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Job Hunting for Rookies by LID Editorial

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CHAPTER 10

Closing the deal

Ensuring you have glowing references

Employers usually make job offers subject to “satisfactory” references – in other words, checking that your current or previous employers don’t say anything too bad about you. Of course you’d be devastated to be offered a job only to lose it because your references aren’t good enough. So make sure you choose your referees (the people who write your references) carefully.

Keeping references off your CV

For a start, don’t include details of your references on your CV – it takes up space and you definitely don’t want possible future employers to contact your referees until you have been made a firm offer.

You don’t even need to include the phrase “References available on request” on ...

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