References might not be the most important part of a job application, but they could make all the difference. Use this guide to get yours right...
- If it’s in your contract that your employer will provide a reference
- If your job is in a regulated sector, and the regulator says employers have to provide references
However, your referee doesn’t have to provide a reference at all, or could just confirm the details of your employment without offering any information on how good a worker you were, which could put employers off. Some employers do this to avoid the possibility of being sued, and there’s nothing you can do about it. To avoid this, always check that the person is willing to be used as a reference first.