The most common reason why you may want to submit a character reference is that you cannot meet a minimum number of required work references.
Companies have different requirements for character references, and what they accept may vary. This blog will help you choose who to submit as a character reference.
As a general rule, in the UK, you will want to ask for a character reference from someone who works in a well regarded profession (but is not a relative) and has some standing within the community. This means anyone you know, but are not related to, who has a professional background or a role which qualifies them as having “good standing in the community”.
Examples of people who belong to regulated professions are:
While the following are considered people of good standing in the community:
These are just examples, and there are other roles which qualify people as good character references.
It’s also worth noting that you do not need to know this person in a professional context. Character references from a neighbour who is a teacher or a friend who is a social worker are also acceptable.
For more information about the different types of reference checks, read our guide in Reference checks here.
We hope you now feel confident about submitting the best referees for you. All you have to do is add their contact details to your submission page and you will be notified when each referee submits a reference check.
If you have any doubts or questions, we’re always here to help. Simply reach out to us via the live chat in the bottom right corner of the screen or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.