Is two references enough for a resume?
The preferred approach is for you to suggest one or two references most relevant for the job you’ve applied to. If the employer asks for more names, or makes a specific request – such as wanting to speak to your most recent boss – you can respond accordingly.
Can I use a friend as a reference?
If your friend is currently or formerly your manager, direct report, or colleague, they may be able to provide you with a professional reference. On the other hand, if you’ve never worked together, your friend might be able to provide a personal reference.
What if a reference does not respond?
If the person doesn’t respond to you, strike that person off your list of references. Either way, give the employer another reference. A prospective employer may not tell you that a reference can’t be contacted.
Can you fail a job reference check?
If you were wondering if it’s possible to fail a background check, the answer is “yes”. From finding yourself with a criminal record to sitting with negative references from former employers, it’s possible that a background screening can cost you a job.
Can I lie about references?
Fake references are illegal – if you’re caught. Directly lying is incredibly unethical, and if caught, you could be fired or face legal trouble. Companies rarely sue for lying, but the people you named on your reference list have every right to.
What should you not say to a recruiter?
7 Things You Should Never Tell a Recruiter
- “I’m pretty desperate.”
- “It’ll do, I suppose.”
- “I hated my last boss/ colleagues.”
- “Did you not even bother to read my CV?”
- “I’m hoping to go travelling at some point.”
- “I just want more money.”
- “I’d probably accept a counter-offer.”
Can I go to jail for lying on my resume?
Generally speaking, employees who have lied on their resumes have no legal recourse against their former employers. This can also impact a former employee’s ability to seek legal recourse for an employer’s actions which may have been legitimately illegal. This is known as the “after-acquired evidence” theory.
Can I fake a reference letter?
The two main methods of faking letters of reference are 1) writing a fake letter from a real source and 2) writing a fake letter from a fake source. Both of these methods can and will lead to disaster, even if it doesn’t happen immediately.