All about references for jobs in Pakistan

Sep 3


Taimoor khan

Taimoor khan

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Most people think references are not that important for jobs in Pakistan. But when the employer asks you for references, here is what you can do to make sure that you are doing the right steps to ensure employment.


When applying for jobs in Pakistan,All about references for jobs in Pakistan Articles most candidates have to provide references. The word seems harmless but in actuality it is very important. A strong reference means that you have a greater chance of getting hired. Let us understand what references are and why they are needed.

In your job search, employers that are interested in hiring you will ask for references. References are asked so that employers can contact them about your previous performance or many other reasons. It is very important to be prepared for this question and have a list of employment references who can attest your skills and performance for the job that you have applied for.

Who to ask for a reference

You can ask for a reference from your old employers, colleagues, project managers, teachers etc. It is always better to ask references from people who you have either worked with or who are familiar with your skills, qualifications and experiences. It is advised not to ask from people who are not in the same industry as you, no matter who they are.

How to ask for a reference

Always ask the person whether or not you can use their reference. Do not put them on the list without their permission as the employer might contact them. You can give them a call or send an email asking for permission. Although you can just state their contact details on the reference form provided by the employer. But a professional way would be to ask the person to write a letter regarding your performance, qualities etc. with complete contact details.

A paper reference is mostly needed when you are a fresh graduate. It can be written by your college professors or any other employers that you have intern for. For professionals a simple contact detail will be enough, but it is better to provide a paper reference. Under no circumstance should you forge a paper reference because it may get caught and you will lose the opportunity.

Reference policies

Before giving out a reference it is better to check the company reference policy. Some companies might not allow paper references for their employees and would only state designation, salary history and dates of employment. It is a good idea to make a list of potential references who are willing to speak about you.

If you have been away for a long time from work (due to reasons like illness, raising children etc.) and are thinking of getting a job in Pakistan, then you might have a problem finding references. Contact any of your previous employers and let them know of the situation and ask for a reference. Some employers might want to know whether your skills are up to date. Let the company you worked for previously know about your current skills so they can write it or simply tell the new employer that you can handle the tasks and that your skill set is up to date.

References for jobs in Pakistan coming from successful companies and people will add value to your resume. Try to look for people who are good at their work and have a proven record. Suppose you have been working for a start-up that failed. It will be better to skip it and go for any other reference. If you feel you have burned bridges while leaving your previous job, there is no point in asking for a reference there.

The best advice that I can give to candidates is to stand out in the interview so that references just become a formality. Prove your mettle in the interview that you are capable of the job and can fulfill the requirements. A good interview will put the need of reference on the side and will increase the chances of getting hired. 

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