Q: I'm applying for jobs right now and according to the application, required ako na magbigay ng character references. TBH, I always get stuck sa part na 'to. Who should I approach for this? Puwede na kaya yung former officemate ko, or does it have to be my direct boss?
When you're applying for a new job, chances are you'll come across the term character references. In case it sounds completely new to you, the idea of it is actually pretty simple. According to educational content creator and former hiring manager Lyqa Maravilla, "Companies use character references to make sure that you are who you say you are." It's basically an added layer of getting to know you better when it comes to your work ethics and personal relations.
Now you're probably thinking about your colleagues right now and are asking, "Who can I list down as character references when the need arises?" First of all, we wanna start by saying that it's definitely more than just choosing a person you know. In fact, character references play a big part on your application and they shouldn't be overlooked. Keep reading to know more.
Need to provide character references for your job application? Here are some things you should take note of.
Inform the people you list down as your character references so they aren't caught off guard.
The last thing you want to happen is to put that person in an awkward situation. Make sure to give them a heads up first! Just like you, they also need to prepare for what they're going to say when they get that call.
Figuring out exactly who to put on your list depends on your level of work and current situation.
Lyqa suggests that if you're a fresh grad and have never worked before, you may want to look into your professors or former mentors. "If you have someone in your college who really invested time and effort in you, whoever mentored you, whoever was the adviser for the organization that you belonged to, that could be a good place to start," she said.
As for those with work experience, she mentioned that having your boss as your character reference actually helps a lot. But you do have to think about the relationship you've had with them at work. "If you [didn't] have a good relationship with your boss, you may want to consider putting in other people as your character references. Maybe put in someone who supervised you when you were working."
List down legitimate character references.
DO NOT come up with ~fake people~ and randomly ask them to pretend to be your character references. As Lyqa pointed out, "Just be realistic. Get to know who you are. Think about the people who truly know you."
Watch the video below to know more about character references.
Lyqa Maravilla is a Pinay content creator, motivational speaker, teacher, and former hiring manager. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Watch her videos on YouTube and listen to her Get Hired! Podcast on Spotify.
LEARN MORE FROM OUR COSMO COACHES HERE:
Cosmopolitan Philippines is now on Quento! Click here to download the app and enjoy more articles and videos from Cosmo and your favorite websites!
Follow Lou on Instagram.