How to utilise references to your advantage

References are important for the employer to check that what you are claiming is true, but also to find out more about what you are like to work with.

Choose your referees carefully, because they can be the last step between you and the job you want. It should be someone who you worked for, or with, in the recent past. Select three people who can speak to different strengths of yours.

For more information, read our tip sheet.