Tips on Getting References

If you go for a new job, then the chances are the new employer is going to ask for references from you in order to find out who you are and what you can do from someone other than yourself.

For many asking for references is nerve wracking, but the truth is that employers are used to this and bosses will have people coming up to them quite often asking for it, it is just confidential so you might not be too aware of it happening.

So all you need to do is find a quiet moment and approach your boss discretely and ask, but do ask in person this is much better than by email.

If you don't get on with your boss then find someone else of a suitable level, as long as it is someone higher than you that's fine, and even if you go back to a previous employer that is fine too and nothing suspicious.

A boss should not react badly, after all they have surely moved company from time to time too and therefore should realise this is part of life; if they refuse to give you a reference then simply find someone else and realise how immature your boss is and you are best to get out of that company!

If you have used referees before then do always let them know out of courtesy when you use them again - there is nothing worse than someone getting a call out the blue for a reference and not knowing or remembering that you had them down as a reference!