Should you Include a CV Reference Section?

Many job-hunters choose to include a CV reference section in their CV structure. With only two or three pages to present your benefits, skills and achievements to a prospective employer a CV reference section adds little value.

Your future employer is very likely to ask you for references later on the in the recruitment process, so you can leave them out of your CV layout and provide when the employer wants them.

Your future employer is very likely to ask you for references later on the in the recruitment process, so you can leave them out of your CV layout and provide when the employer wants them.

For some jobs you may be asked to provide references earlier in the process. However, unless you have been specifically requested to include them in your CV layout, you can provide them separately.

As a CV writer I encourage clients to keep the focus of their CV on the job that you are applying for. A CV needs to communicate “I have thought about your company’s need and this is what I can offer you and to prove it this is what I have delivered in the past.”

CV writing is a skill. You can copy free CV templates and free CV layouts that you find on the Internet but in truth you are not doing yourself or your career justice.

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