Can a reference be a friend?
Friends… but only if they’re a professional reference Most of the time, leave your friends off your list of references. There are two occasions when using a friend as your reference is acceptable: They’re currently employed at the business to which you’re applying. They were your supervisor.
Do I legally have to provide a reference?
Does an employer have to provide a reference if you ask for one? Well, no, there is no general duty for an employer to provide an employee with a reference.
What if my current employer gives me a bad reference?
If your employer gives a false reference, you may be able to seek legal action against them in a narrow range,especially if their reference is defamatory personally or because you are a “protected class” of person. If they refuse to give a reference, they have to state that this is a company policy.
Can you still get a job with a bad reference?
As long as it’s fair and accurate, a reference can show that you’re not suitable for a job. For example, a reference can show you do not have enough experience for a job or say that you were dismissed.
Should you list your current employer as a reference?
Most employers will ask for references later in the interview process – after they have decided you are worth considering further. However, sometimes employers do ask for references in their job posting. If so, it is fine to omit your current employer.