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Prepare your job referees

With strong competition to get a job in Adelaide, having solid referees can make or break an application.

Unreliable or fake referees can end up in court, as was seen in the high-profile case in 2018 of Andrew Flanagan, who was fired as a group manager at Myer, because he listed fake referees.

What obligations do referees have in helping you secure a new gig?

They have no obligation if you were a poor performer.

But if you were a goal kicker, most referees will be happy to support you in a job application.

Recruiters and employers will ask them about your attitude to work, projects you worked on and how well you got on with other staff members. They may check some facts in your resume.

They may also check they’re not talking to your best friend or brother.

Job referees are professional contacts you’ve worked with. Not mates.

Unfortunately, in recent years, job applicants have become lax with prepping their referees.

Tell them the job you are going for and give them a copy of your resume.

Tell them why that job appeals to you so much and the skills you will bring.

Your referee’s names, titles, where they work and contact details should at call. The details must be accurate.

List the best or strongest referee first in the resume and then rank them in descending order of importance.

It’s a bad look to have out-of-date referees. It shows you’re not on the ball.

In which case, the job will go to the other applicant.

Don’t let that happen.

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