What if I don’t want a recruiter to contact a reference without my permission? By Matthew Coppola


It’s fair to say that a candidate may not want a prospective employer or a recruiter to contact their employment references without their knowledge and permission. So, what can a job seeker do to help make sure that this doesn’t happen and they can notify their references in time?

My suggestion is either put ‘The contact details of my referees may be made available upon request’.

Or if you want to mention and display those references, then you can always decide to include/not include their contact numbers and put underneath the following text:

‘Please notify me first prior to making contact with any of my referees.’.

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Author: Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog matthewcoppola.com