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Should I include references in my CV?

There was a time when including references in a CV was compulsory. Two references would be the standard protocol at the end of the CV. However, leaving off these details is now the CV trend. So, in short, the answer is no. You should not include references in your CV. Let's take a look at a few reasons why and how that could help to secure a position.

References are not needed as part of the early recruitment process

References are only needed at the very end of the recruitment process. As a job candidate, you may have several interviews or assessments to get through to reach the job offer goal. It is only after you accept the offer that your references will then be requested. Therefore, placing references on your CV are unnecessary so early on. Your CVs purpose is to get you seen by employers and invited in for an interview.

You have time to keep your options open

If you have been called in for an interview and are going through the recruitment process stages, you can use that time wisely to choose your referee. This will give you the chance to keep your options open and then approach those who can vouch for your credibility. It might be that their profession is also more in line with the industry you are applying for so are better suited to speak for you.

Had you included referees so early on your CV, it would have been difficult to withdraw the reference request making it an awkward situation for you. When choosing your referee, give yourself adequate time and assure that you have thought it through.

Space saver

Did you know that on average an employer will spend less than 30 seconds reading a CV? No? Luckily, you do now! So, save space on your CV, omit the references that you may have or 'references available on request.’ Use the space to show off your skills and achievements instead. Your references can wait so start focusing on what really matters and gaining the employer's interest in you.

The takeaway

Overall, references are no longer needed on CVs as they are requested after a job offer has been proposed. Without them in the early stages of the recruitment process, you have time to evaluate who will be the best for your application. You also save space on your CV so you can fill in something of value about your achievements and skills.

The job market can be tough out there but Send Me Your CV are here to help if you have any CV related queries. Get in touch with our friendly team today.

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