Job references are asked for when you are hunting for jobs. Most people pass on their references without giving them much of a though.
However, job references can be really helpful and you can use them for your advantage.
Here are the things that you ought to know about job references:
Formal list of reference always do not matter
If you think that your employer would stick to the list of references provided by you, then you are mistaken. Employers can call up any anyone you have worked in the past and the only reference that your interviewer might recheck with is your current employer.
References are opinionated and personalized
Many people think that past employers can only give your date and tenure of employment. This is a myth. It is common for employers to give detailed references and do not be surprised if the reference given for you is bad or lukewarm as that is common practice these days.
If your HR says, that they do not give references, then they are lying
It might be in your company’s HR policy not to give references but your manager surely can, if he or she wants, no matter what the company policy is.
Do not provide a reference without letting him or her know
It is expected that the reference you provide in your resume knows that you are doing so. That would ensure that your past manager is ready to talk to the employer about you. He or she, replying with a ‘who’ can make a real bad impression!
Make sure that your reference is not out of town and is available for talking to your prospective employer.
There are ways of finding out about the kind of references your past employer is giving
If you are unsure of the kind of reference your past manager would give you, then avoid putting this or her in your resume. You can also ask politely if it is safe to use him or her as your reference. Unless that person is crazy, he or she would be honest with her reply. However, if you have any kinds of doubts, look for other references.
There are ways by which you can neutralize a bad reference by reaching an agreement with your boss who is likely to give a bad reference. These were some important things that you should know about job references to build successful career graph.