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    What would be good references to include in your CV and job application forms?

    At the moment, I'm struggling to find a second one, and I'm not too sure about my first choice (he was my uni tutor in my final year, but it was difficult to contact him during that time). I have no work experience, so that makes it more difficult.

    I know it has be someone who knows you for three years or more, but the only people who know me that well (and long enough) are my friends (who are also looking for jobs) and family (which is not recommended, apparantly).

    So, any ideas?

    Try a family friend as a character reference?
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    You don't need to mention references unless they are asked for. Certainly don't waste space on your CV mentioning them. They are always available on request and no employer is going to ignore your application because you haven't mentioned references.

    If you do any activities like cadets, St John, church/faith, volunteering, sports teams etc then a group leader there might be able to give you a reference. Otherwise school/uni are the best bet. Friends and family are not suitable as references.

    Best thing to do is have a general list in your head and then ask people as and when an employer asks you for references.
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