Who can provide references?
- References are required especially when the selection is for management positions.
- In Western world, this is a common practice with pretty standardized procedure except for the USA. Very often the American employers reject to provide references due to the
number of cases in which employees, provided with unsatisfactory
recommendations, file suit against employers.
- In Bulgaria references are
provided orally or in writing. They normally have little or no impact at
all on the hiring decision. This is especially true when candidates are
applying to a Bulgarian company.
- Two extremes are observed on the market:
- Common practice is to have:
- Extremely positive written references, often prepared by the candidates themselves, which describes
them without any shortcomings
- Very negative, usually orally
provided reference (though the latter may have worked for the company
for more than 5 years)
Some tips on references:
- The most suitable sources of
- Former employers – HR Manager,
General Manager or the direct supervisor. References from peers are not
- Former or present professors –
usually for recent graduates and youngsters
- Public figures – a reference
from a well known public figure or from acquaintance of yours - mentor,
trainer, client, etc.
- The best form of references:
Oral reference has bigger impact than written
- Some technical tips:
- Wherever you have a
traineeship, study work, etc. always try to obtain a reference upon
successful completion of the assignment
- In Bulgaria employers tend to
view references provided by foreigners more favorably
- The reference must be neither
too short, nor too long – to one page.
- Normally the reference should
have the following structure:
- Introduction – for how long
and in what capacity has the referent known the referee
- Body – objective and in-depth
analyses of the personality and the job-related characteristics; not
only positive features but also some areas for development should be
stated in order to make the reference credible
- Close – whether the referent
recommends the candidate for new assignments
- In many cases multi-national
companies have standardized forms for references, which they provide to
Request for References Letter
34 Pravda St.
Tel: 0489 23 23 23
12 October 2000
Dear Mr. Iliev
By this letter I would like to ask you for assistance in my pursuit of employment in
the field of brand management – cosmetics.
I am currently applying for a Brand Manager position with big multinational producer
of cosmetics. I have been short-listed after the first two rounds of interviews
and now I have been asked to present references from past employers.
I consider my employment with ABS Advertising as one of my most valuable experiences in
terms of professional expertise acquired, personal development and professional
results achieved. For these reasons I would appreciate if you could provide me
with a reference regarding my performance as Account Manager with ABS
I will be grateful if you assist me in this matter. I look forward to hearing from you.
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