Should I Include Referees In My CV ?

Ever wonder why are the majority of employers would still prefer interviewees to include referees’ information in their resume ? It’s because recruiters and employers will still be looking at referees as the most complete and important sources of information on candidates, as they will be able to demonstrate how a candidate used their skills and experience to help benefit their previous employers.

Thus, it’s essential to provide your prospective employer a referee who can verify your job history, skills and quality you put forward in your resume.


FAQ & Answers :

  • Why do I need to put referees in my resume?

A referee is the person who has monitored you previously and understand about your capability and accountability on work/study. When comes to hiring process, some employers would prefer to contact your referees to further understand about your past working performance, attitude or personality before shortlisting you for an interview or offering you for a particular position.


  • How to select a suitable referee?

It is better to include your superior such as supervisor, team leader, manager, director or those who you worked under their direct supervision. Because these are the person that knows you the best on your work performance. It’s recommended to maintain a good relationship with your referee so that they can give a better credit or rating on your work performance. If a referee does not seems to like you, move on and ask for others superior, as you do not wish to risk your future on his hand either.

It’s not preferable to include friends, family members or relatives because you are in fiduciary relationship as it may not be independent when judging on your performance.


  • What information do I need from my referee?

The basic information needed from referee in resume are included full name, designation, relationships between you and your referee as well as contact number. Further information such as company name, email address and the duration under supervision will be subjected to referee whether to provide. It’s always good to inform your referee or have discussion with them before providing their contact number or personal information because some people may feel not comfortable to reveal their personal information to others.


  • How many referees should I include in my resume?

Two is better than one ! It’s preferable to provide at least two referees in your resume, and it’s good to have referees from different companies. It is to ensure the comments or judgement from the referees are aligned and more credible.


These are some common references and notes to be taken when putting a referee in your resume. Last but not least, stay in touch with your referees as they may be a good mentor in your career path and your life in the future.



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