What should you include in a personal reference?
A personal reference should be addressed to the hiring manager, or whoever has requested it, and include some particular information. Importantly it should cover the relationship between the subject and yourself, as well as how long you have known each other.
What should I write in reference in resume?
Your references must include the following details about each of your referees: full name, job title, address, telephone number and email address. Ask permission of your referees before you give their details to recruiters. This will also make them aware that they might receive a phone call about you.
How do you list a personal reference?
Similar to professional references, a list of personal references should be presented to a potential employer with the following information included: the reference’s name, job title and company (even if they’re not someone you’ve worked with), phone number and email address.
Can a friend be a personal reference?
Business acquaintances, teachers, professors or academic advisors, volunteer leaders, religious workers, friends, coaches, and neighbors are all potential personal references. If possible, don’t choose someone who you’ve only had limited or casual interactions with.
What are you allowed to say in a reference?
What they say has to be the truth or the company can be subject to a lawsuit from the former employee. Legally, they can say anything that is factual and accurate. Concern about lawsuits is why most employers only confirm dates of employment, your position, and salary.
How do you tell someone you can’t be a reference?
If you can’t come up with a believable explanation, it’s fine to to (politely) tell someone outright that you don’t feel comfortable being a reference. Keep things short and simple: “I don’t think I’m the best fit for this.” You don’t need to explain why; in fact, you probably shouldn’t.
What if my employer won’t give me a reference?
If your old employer doesn’t want to give you a reference, you could ask them just to give a short one – known as a ‘basic reference’. For example, they could confirm when you worked for them and what your job title was. A lot of employers only give basic references, so your new employer won’t think it’s unusual.