Checking Personal References

Most employers don't check personal references, even when they ask for them. There is a common perception that personal references are usually friends of the applicant, and that they will not convey any negative information, in the event that it exists, because they are friends.

If you do ask for and check personal references, keep these pointers in mind:

Business Tools

The Business Tools area includes a sample letter that can be used when contacting a personal reference by mail.