YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
I’VE RECENTLY HAD A SERIES OF TEMPORARY JOBS. HOW DO I SOURCE A CREDIBLE REFEREE?
EXPERIENCED DARREN BUCHANAN MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAYS QUEENSLAND
You can ask the reporting manager at one of the companies where you completed a temporary assignment, or you can ask your recruitment consultant. The important thing to remember about the latter is that our reference is restricted to the feedback we receive from our clients.
While on assignment, we perform various checks of your performance with our client, receiving detailed feedback each time. If you have performed several short assignments for the one consultant, we can use this feedback to provide an overall illustration of your work performance.
MID-CAREER ANDREA DAVEY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, EMPLOYMENT OFFICE
Your employers from the temporary jobs may be willing to provide a reference, particularly if they have run for a month or longer. I’ve happily provided references for people who have worked for me over one to threemonth periods. If your temporary roles have run for weeks rather than months you might consider seeking out a longer assignment in order to give yourself time to build up credibility with an employer. Depending on your circumstances, you could consider approaching an organisation in the industry you wish to work in and offer to take on an unpaid internship.
UP & COMING BRIAN CUNNINGHAM PRACTICE LEADER OF ACCOUNTING, DAVIDSON
Working as a temporary staff member requires an enormous amount of skill, maturity and self-awareness. Your series of temporary jobs tells me you are highly employable. Before you do anything, you need to be able to articulate the value you added as a temp and how you overcame the challenges of such work. Your managers will appreciate how hard being a temp can be. As your temporary assignment draws to a close, speak openly with your manager – if your work has been of a high standard they will no doubt be delighted to speak on your behalf as a professional referee.
THE EXPERT DR NERIDA HILLBERG DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, FERRIS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
Employers are interested in referees who can discuss your recent workrelated behaviours and skills. It shouldn’t matter if your referees are from permanent, casual or temp jobs, as long as they are recent. It never hurts to ask the people you reported to in the various temp roles if they will speak on your behalf. Although they may have been short-term jobs, useful insights can still be provided. It’s helpful to provide two referees. Three is better in case your two referees give differing opinions/accounts of your experience/skills/attitude/potential.