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Motivation letter: check! CV: check! References: ehhh...check? Although checking references happens less and less often, there are still companies that do this as part of the application process. So make sure that if you are asked for them, you are prepared and that your references really do add value for you. How? We give you some tips!

It does not have to be a big shot

Misconception: a reference always has to be from a manager. Nope. A colleague you have worked with or a client you have done great things for can also be a great reference! Often they can tell you even better and in more detail what it is really like to work with you and what you add to a team.

Always inform your referent

Is your new employer asking for references? Then always contact your references yourself first. That way they know in advance that they can expect a phone call and you can discuss things straight away. Also agree on the best times to call them, which is handy for both parties.

Do not put references on your CV

Let's face it: Hardly anyone wants to have their personal details/contact information circulated just like that. In addition, references may only be approached if you have given your express consent. Therefore, do not put a list of references on your CV but provide them for example when your new employer asks for them.

LinkedIn recommendations instead of the oldschool reference

We see that LinkedIn is increasingly displacing the demand for the traditional references. Therefore, ask for recommendations on LinkedIn! For example from former colleagues, clients or customers. These are then immediately visible when a recruiter looks at your profile.

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