If you’re submitting your first application to apply for jobs in Malta, there is no need to supply references. However, when the job posting specifically requests employment references, then the name, job title, company, address, phone, and email address for each of your references, should be added to your CV. References may be requested by the recruiter or employer at a later stage in the recruitment process.

Before adding a person as a reference on your CV, make sure that you have their permission. You should also inform your references before their details are handed out. Let them know when they may expect to be contacted and give them a short brief of the job you’ll be applying for, in order for them to be able to give more appropriate and related information.

When looking for new references, always keep in mind that these individuals need to know you enough to personally vouch for you. Personal references such as family members, friends or community members are not reliable sources as they can not judge your working relationship, but only your personal one.

So what if this is your first official job? Getting a job without experience and finding referees could be a challenging task. These individuals might be a good source to get a reference letter from:

  • University/Sixth form lecturers
  • Your dissertation tutor
  • Employers of summer work or any ad hoc work you might have carried out
  • Superiors at any organisation you’re part of, including voluntary work