R – References & Regulatory References; All types of references are important to make sure the details on the CV are correct and they form the basis of the CV analysis; the references are a good source to make sure the job titles and dates are accurate.
Common discrepancies often highlighted are incorrect dates that create gaps within the history and job titles which may not fit with the role being applied for i.e. the skill set might be different. Usually the company will only supply dates of employment, job title and reason for leaving – The company may have a policy which restricts them on giving more information out; any additional information could be seen as less factual, biased or opinions.
Clients can decide what they want to ask but generally they should expect to receive only the factual information back.
Companies do not actually have any legal obligation to provide a standard reference with the exception of regulated roles; the FCA provide a regulatory reference template which is really helpful for companies requesting and completing regulatory reference requests - https://www.handbook.fca.org.uk/handbook/SYSC/22/Annex1.html
P - Professional Qualifications (See previous blog)
R - References & Regulatory References
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