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Referees and References in Job Search


Referees and References will always be needed to vouch for you whether you are searching for a job, furthering your education, growing your business and related career issues. In all these scenarios the recommendations that you receive from your referees can significantly influence your career success.

In this post, we are going to focus on how you can handle referees and references in your job search and as well, how to present references in your CV in the best possible way.

If you are a beginner, the usage of referees and references might appear confusing. Your reference was written by your referee and is thus a document. In the case of this article, your references is a section of your CV where you provide details about your referees who can vouch for you. A referee on the other hand is a person who can vouch for you professionally, academically or personally.

How to Manage Your References

References are usually requested in job descriptions where specific information could be needed. For instance, a job description could request for two referees whilst others could request for three. Whether a job description requests for a reference or not, it is important to still maintain a reference section in your CV. The following points should be taking into consideration when selecting referees:

Always make sure that the people you are using as your reference will be willing to vouch for you as soon as the need arises. Any undue delay on the part of your referee in vouching for you can spell doom for your search endeavors even if you perform well after an interview.

We at Sobiaonline always recommend that you have to discuss your search objectives with your referees. Keeping them in the dark will not help at all. If referees have adequate information about you it will help them to always give your prospective employers very powerful recommendations. One of the surest things that put’s employers and recruiters off is generic recommendation.

Depending on the degree of familiarity and rapport you have established with your referee, it is possible to always blind copy them when you are applying for jobs. This will help them to recommend you ton employers in the best possible way. We also advice people who serve as referees  to always solicit the feedback of people they are recommending before submitting their recommendations.

How to Select Your Referees?

When selecting references, you would have to look out for people who should be able to vouch for your skills, abilities, and qualifications.

Selecting people who have good communication (written and oral) and writing skills is very desirable. These days, some companies prefers phone discussions with referees instead of written recommendations. The person recommending you should be able to defend your interest, qualifications and abilities in the best possible way whether in writing or via a phone conversation.

Secondly, it is important to select people you have worked with who preferably supervised your activities in the past.

There is no consensus regarding whether you can present your referees from your current place of work. Experts who advises against this opines that the last thing you want is for your boss to learn from one of their competitors that you have approached them regarding a new job. However, in the context of Ghana we deem it necessary that you should provide at least one referee from your current place of work.  This should not necessarily be your “boss” but some one in a Senior position who can vouch for you. If you think that you do not want your current employer to be contacted you can state that in your application.

Before you use some one as a your referee, you need to make sure that you have discussed it with the person and then they have agreed to it. During the request, make sure you gauge the eagerness in their tone to make an informed decision. It is also important to verify that you have the correct contact information and discuss how they would want to be contacted. Generally, your referees should be willing to be contacted via skype, phone call or email. If after discussion with a potential referee you realized they are not interested in all these channels then, it would be advisable to get those who are comfortable with all these three channels.

How to Ask for References

You can ask for a reference via face to face discussion or email. It is advisable to start the process with a phone discussion and then meet the person later to discuss your search objectives with him/her. Always make sure you  request for confidentiality if need be. Click here for a detail guide on how to ask for a reference

How to Present References in Your CV?

The reference section in your CV is usually the last item. It is acceptable to just write a section heading titled “References” and then comment ” available upon request” below.

In the context of Ghana, it is advisable to add at least two references to your application.

Do not number the references but rather present it in the format below:


Name of Referee
Job Title
Name of Agency

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Job Scam in Ghana & Recruitment Fraud in 2020

Job Scam

Job searching online has witnessed dramatic increase over the years. This trend has brought a number of benefits to job seekers and employers such as cost reduction, increased transparency and access to reliable and timely information on jobs and recruitment opportunities.

However, the problem of online job scams and Recruitment Fraud continues to prey on helpless and unsuspecting job seekers resulting in financial extortion and vital information request for identity theft.

In this post, Sobiaonline shares some useful suggestions to improve your knowledge on online job scams to help you navigate your job search with ease in Ghana and elsewhere.


A scam basically is a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation. Based on this definition and from experience at Sobiaonline, a job scam entails the fraudulent or deceptive use of job advertisements and other career offers (Both online and offline) to lure job seekers with the sole purpose of defrauding them financially or soliciting sensitive information such as personal details, credit card information and related stuff.

Based on our encounters and existing background information on this topic, we have classified job frauds into three main forms:

The first form of Job Scam occurs online through the internet. One way this form of scam occurs is poor regulation by job boards. Job boards put in their best efforts to prevent fraudulent job listings but some smart fraudsters can still manage to publish their listings unnoticed.  Another form of online scams has been on the rise on social media where scammers take advantage of unsuspecting job seekers through which they extort money and other vital information. Thirdly, there has been an increase in email spam targeting job seekers. The other growing form of online job scam is work from home job scams which has been on the increase.

The second form of Job Scam is Offline job scams. The offline job scams takes the form of physical contact with fake employers. These scams are very well organised and have received little attention as compared to the online scams.

The third form of online scam occurs as Legitimate Job Scam: This days we have legitimate companies taking advantage of job seekers by extorting monies from them. This third criteria is not quite a scam as legitimate jobs are involved, but the recruitment process is shrouded in secrecy and fraud. To give you a scenario model:

lets say company A has a job vacancy for a secretary. They advertised the opening and received 1, 000 job applications. All thousand applicants are then invited to interview where they will be tasked to pay GHC 50 per applicant in the name of processing fees. Then, all 1, 000 applicants are called back again in the name of an aptitude test and are made to pay an additional GHC 50. The procedure goes on and on until just one candidate is picked. In a scenario like this the company can make several thousands of Ghana Cedis from the recruitment of just one staff. This is a legitimate job vacancy but the recruitment process is fraudulent (Disclaimer: This is just for illustration)

Why did we take time to discuss these types of job scams? By understanding the medium in which you can be potentially scammed and the motive behind job scams, you will be in the best position to fight it. Please read further the two main motives of job scammers below:

Access to Sensitive Information

Fake adverts are used to obtain sensitive information from people. These types of jobs request very personal information including bank details, insurance numbers personal information, bank statements, passport details, and driving licenses. Once a job is requesting such sensitive information at the initial application stage you need to take caution.

For Monitory Compensation

Fraudsters ask for advancement without a cogent explanation of what the money is going to be used for. We have for instance received numerous reports in Ghana where fraudsters are requesting for money for CV upgrade as a precondition for employment. You can use this link to find out how Sobiaonline can help spice up your CV to increase your interview calls. Other reports revealed medical examination, aptitude test fees, and processing fees as some of the reasons for payments often explained by corn artist.

With this in mind, the best way to avoid job scam is to avoid making financial commitment and sharing of very sensitive information with prospective recruiters.


  • The companies used in most cases will be genuine companies but the job will be a scam! Always contact the company if you see something suspicious about the job
  • Don’t accept a job offer without an application, interview, or discussion with the employer.
  • You are promised high pay for not much work? Do not accept such offers
  • You are told you have to pay for training? Do further digging and ask more questions
  • Do  not provide personal details on your social media profiles
  • Do not pay money for background checks and processing fees
  • Do not pay for a job. The employer should pay you for your expertise and not the other way round.
  • The interviewer should call you if it is a remote interview and not the other way round
  • Don’t share sensitive information or money until you are sure the company is genuine
  • Avoid job descriptions that are vague, ambitious with limited specific information about the company.
  • Trust your instinct. If you are having the feeling that the job is not genuine chances are that the job is not genuine.You will need to do more research.
  • Leave what you are not doubtful of and follow what you are certain off.
  • Make sure the email address identifies with the company.


Contact the company and ask for your money back. You can alert relevant agencies if the company refuses to.

Make sure you provide reviews of the company on online websites as much as possible to warn other job seekers who might fall victims.

Report the matter to the police immediately, with copies of all correspondence, contact details of the fake organisation, and bank or credit card statements if you suspect that your identity may have been stolen for illegal activities.

Change your bank details if you shared your bank details with the fraudster

Report the company and the job details to the job board where this occurred to help them improve upon their listing.

We thank all job seekers who entrusted us with their information and advice on fraudulent job offers over the years. It has helped us to continuously improve our services. We hope to continue to learn and share with you

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How to spice up your job search in Ghana with Sobiaonline

Posted by | 08/05/2020 | Career Advice & Tips in Ghana 2020, CV & Cover Letters in Ghana 2020

How to spice up your job search in Ghana with Sobiaonline

How to spice up your job search in Ghana with Sobiaonline

In this article we wish to bring to your notice some of the cool features you can benefit from by using our job board and related services on To benefit fully from our services, we advice you to open a free account here. Please find below a list of how you can change your job search game using our services.

Free Job Search Browsing and Job Application

If you are looking for a job aggregator or job board in Ghana with the latest jobs across all sectors and industries in Ghana, Sobiaonline is your best bet. Job search and applications is completely free. You can click here to access thousands of jobs across Ghana including expat job openings

Save Jobs to Apply Later

We have provided you the opportunity to save all jobs of interest to you and apply later when you are ready. This helps you to identify the best possible openings, prioritise your applications and roll out applications in a more organised way. At the end of each job description you will see the book mark job option to save the job into your account.

Job Alert

We have provided a job alert feature for you which helps you to get real time notifications as soon as jobs are posted. All what you need to do to set up a job alert is open a free account with us, click on the alert tab in your dashboard and set up your alert. To serve you well, you can set up a custom alert based on the following criteria:

  1. Job location
  2. Job category
  3. Job type
  4. Job tags
  5. Frequency of notifications
  6. Keyword
  7. Many more … just open an account to see it for your self

The job alert feature is our recommended option for you if you want notifications. What sets our alerts apart from others is that you are in control and hence the frequency of notifications is dictated by you. Secondly you only receive notification on jobs that interest you. You can combine it with the push notification option below for excellent results.

Push Notification

The push notification option is one of the new features we have just added. When you visit any of our web pages you will see a pop up requesting you to accept receiving notifications. Once you subscribe to this notifications you will always be alerted when new jobs, scholarships, funding and career articles are posted. The advantage of the push notification is that it takes less than 30 seconds to set up and you will also receive notifications in our browser even when you are not in our website.

Email Newsletter. 

Our email news letter platform is the oldest notification system we have been using. We use our news letter to provide special information on funding, scholarships and special offers on our products and services.

Job Seeker Profile and CV Advertisement

We have provided a free platform for job seekers to create stunning career portfolios and advertise your CVs. Employers have started using this feature and we are hoping you will soon create a profile and advertise your skill sets on our platform for free.

At the moment, you can create multiple versions of your profile to suite different portfolios of interest to you. For instance, if your are an intermediate administrative professional interested in customer service, Administrative Assistant, or receptionist jobs you can create profiles for each. Please take advantage of this service whilst it is still free. You can start the process by registering a free account here

Chat Platforms

Sobiaonline is closer! We have provided two chat platforms which always enables us to connect to our clients in real time. On mobile devices we have a whatsapp chat platform and the chat button is visible on all our pages. For desktop and laptop users, we have provided a separate chat platform  and you will see the button displayed on all pages as well. So next time you want to get in touch, it is as simple as just clicking a button and you are with us!

Should you want to send us an email you will see our email address on all our web pages.

Premium Services

Our principal activity is CV Design. You can find out more about how we can help in your search efforts with our paid employment search services by clicking here

Please take note that Sobiaonline is not a recruitment agency. We provide employment search services and you will see all our offers via this link  We also generate some income when you visit our website or click on adverts displayed on our website. To find out more job search tips from our team click here

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Job Search and COVID-19: How to Get a Job During Coronavirus

Posted by | 06/05/2020 | Career Advice & Tips in Ghana 2020

Job Search and COVID-19: How to Get a Job During Coronavirus

Job Search and COVID-19

COVID-19 is disrupting everything globally. It is no more news that job search and Covid-19 has established a parasitic relationship since the beginning of 2020. This post is all about how you will handle your job search  and Covid-19.

Our basic advice has always been to continue your normal job search routine but in a more smart and innovative way such that you can still get that dream job despite COVID-19.

These 11 tips below are meant to provide you useful guidelines in job searching in the midst of a global pandemic.

1. Approach Your Search with Urgency

It might be advisable to take a career break, Landers says, since it could be trying to jump on a recruiting administrator’s radar at the present time.

In case you’re as of now employed, consider how to make your activity increasingly satisfactory,” says Nancy Halpern, originator of Political IQ, a Manhattan-put together authority counseling firm engaged with respect to creating passionate knowledge.

In case you’re not employed, don’t think about your next job as the ideal opportunity. It may be present moment.”

While numerous enterprises have and will keep on being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, others are still employing workers both online and offline.

In case you’re jobless and need a job urgently, consider looking for companies who has the potential of hiring at the moment or any place else you can discover an open door that is a good fit for you.

2. Get Ready for Temporary Employment Opportunities. 

Consider IT work or freelance jobs to tide you over. If it’s your first time entering the realm of freelance, take stock of your top transferable skills and then search for opportunities to leverage these in a different fields. Think of a passion or a potential side hustle that you haven’t tapped into yet. How can you spin that activity into a part-time job or freelance opportunity? Be agile enough to pivot as needed.

3. Network More Online to improve your job search in covid-19

Networking occasions will be dropped for some time, others have been rescheduled online. So you’ll have to locate similar virtual events online. Search out virtual events online and prepare to participate actively.

Search for proficient groups to join on Facebook and LinkedIn. The two platforms offer a wide variety of events and connection opportunities. For example, in case you’re searching for a vocation in showcasing, you could join LinkedIn’s Global Marketing and Communications Professionals gathering.

Participate in the discussion, post and remark, and make yourself obvious, Halpern says.

Simply make certain to keep the discussion proficient by posting important articles and ringing in on points that permit you to show your mastery.

Prepare to ace a virtual enlightening meeting or systems administration visit by rehearsing with a companion, says Laura Labovich, CEO of The Career Strategy Group in Bethesda, MD. Have your companion pose inquiries and give you input on your submissions. Ensure you realize how to edge the camera so the individual you’re meeting with can see your whole face, not simply your brow or your left eye.

4. Keep in Touch with Like Minded Professionals in Your Niche

Perhaps you as of late had a promising meeting and a proposition for employment appeared to be not too far off, yet now the organization has moved to remote work and you haven’t got notification from the recruiting supervisor.

What would it be a good idea for you to do? Check in with the recruiting administrator by email, recognizing that they may be scrambling to enable their workers to become accustomed to the new arrangement, Moser says.

For example, your email could state: “I’m anticipating learning more when it bodes well for your association.” This passes on that you realize this is an uncommon situation and recognizes this isn’t simple for individuals, she says.

Ensure you likewise show an attentive disposition. Instead of requesting that they help you, inquire as to whether there is anything you can help them with, Moser says. The thought is to associate with individuals on a human level, she says. Suppose you’re reaching somebody you’ve coordinates with before. Your email can just say: “I needed to connect with check whether there’s anything I can accomplish for you.

You’ve been so liberal with your time, I need to give back in kind in the event that I can.” If you have a particular aptitude an employing chief may have the option to take advantage of, notice it. You may state: “Given that I’ve driven virtual groups, I may have a few plans to share on the most proficient method to keep your representatives feeling associated when they’re not in the workplace.”

“Systems administration ought to be driven by what the organization needs and how it coordinates with your superpower,” Moser says. “It’s additionally a chance to exhibit what sort of worker you would be.”

What’s more, find different approaches to remain top of brain notwithstanding email. For example, interface with the employing chief on LinkedIn and, in the event that they post a status, remark on it, Labovich says.

On the off chance that the employing chief posts an organization report or official statement, say something that outlines you read it and have significant understanding to contribute. Imagine you’re giving them a see of what you’d add to the group in the event that you worked there.

5. Be patient with slower processes.

Try to be patient with yourself and employers. This is a tough time for us all and companies are experiencing challenges undergoing so much change in a short time. Recognize that processes will go slower than usual, given that companies are trying to adapt to the changes brought about by Coronavirus

6. Stay Informed about Job Search and Covid-19

The COVID-19 emergency can give a one of a kind look into organization culture. Observe how authority manages this crisis and treats its workers by following the organization via web-based networking media and looking for any media inclusion, says Heidi Parsont, CEO and originator of TorchLight Hire in Alexandria, VA. For example, is the organization permitting representatives to telecommute? Is it true that they are supporting specialists in other inventive manners? Did they lay off staff?

Set up Google alarms for the organizations you need to work for and tune in to financial specialist calls, Labovich says. Whenever you do get an opportunity to talk with, you’ll have the option to show that you comprehend the worries administration has and the dangers the organization faces from this pandemic, she says.

You can make reference to what you read and tuned in to and utilize your particular information to commute home how you could enable the organization to accomplish its objectives whenever employed.

5. Utilize the Time to Research and Reflect

Occupation searchers regularly seize the most readily accessible chance or go into their inquiry without completely thinking about what they need to do straightaway. Exploit the easing back occupation advertise by getting lucidity about where you need to work and the kind of job and title you’re chasing.

Make a one-page report that rundowns your objective industry, organizations, work titles, and anything specifically you’re searching for, Labovich says.

It’s a given that you ought to apply to each posting you see that hits a few or the entirety of your measures. Be that as it may, past employment opportunities, you can likewise concentrate on which organizations you need to work for and who you can connect with at those organizations. (The organization probably won’t have an open job yet however you can utilize your system to assist you with beginning creation associations now.)

Be set up to consider your job all the more extensively and perhaps rotate to a neighboring position that would likewise utilize your experience and abilities.

For example, you may have been focusing on a showcasing job yet with less individuals going through cash, the organization may be progressively disposed to employ somebody for an interchanges job during this emergency. “Play the long game,” Lander says. “There is a ton of moving going on this moment.”

6. Build Your Skills

Presently is the ideal time to deal with reinforcing your capabilities, Moser says. Break down sets of expectations by posting each necessary expertise and experience.

At that point consider whether you have that requires competencies, in the event that you have the expertise however haven’t utilized it in a couple of years, or in case you’re deficient with regards to the ability altogether. Utilize that data to figure out what you have to look over to make yourself a far superior up-and-comer when the activity showcase gets once more.

For example, in case you’re applying for internet based life or advertising positions, the posting will probably require involvement in Google Analytics and Hootsuite. Being ensured in either or both would make your resume stick out.

There are a lot of free online course including MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), EdX classes (highlighting free courses from MIT and Harvard), and free Microsoft preparing and instructional exercises. (Discover more destinations that offer online courses here.)

In case you don’t know where to begin, look at these classes for advanced showcasing, coding, and information science.

7. Identify your Transferable Skills and Improve Upon the Skills Identified

There’s such a great amount of rivalry for occupations, so it’s imperative to up your game at this moment. To begin with, organize employments that have been posted most as of late in light of the fact that that is an indication that the organization has a present job that should be filled.

In the event that a posting has been up for a considerable length of time, it might be to a lesser degree a need for the organization at this moment. Be sure when you’re perusing work postings and recollect that you can at present land the position regardless of whether you don’t meet the entirety of the activity capabilities. Utilize your resume and introductory letter to show you have transferrable aptitudes bosses are looking for.

Notwithstanding concentrating on ICT skills migh help your Job search in covid-19 , Kelly Hoey, creator of “Manufacture Your Dream Network,” says in case you’re job searching, presently’s an ideal opportunity to prepare to stun the world.

“You might be jobless in an industry that is going to set aside an extremely long effort to recoup,” she says. “It’s essential to consider how your abilities could be transferable to another industry.”

8. Practice telephone and video prospective employee meet-ups

Since numerous individuals are working remotely, prospective employee meetings are being finished by telephone and video rather than IRL. It very well may be all the more testing to have a telephone meet since it is more diligently to decipher somebody’s response and have a discussion that streams normally.

It very well may be trickier to have a video meet since it can feel cumbersome to be on camera. You’ll stick out in the event that you gain proficiency with the intricate details of telephone and video prospective employee meet-ups. What’s more, we have the telephone prospective employee meet-up and video prospective employee meet-up tips and deceives you have to know..

9. Customize your application to suite the demands of each job you are applying for

Invest more energy in each introductory letter and resume so your request for employment gets seen. It requires some investment to adjust them for each employment form yet it’s vital. At the point when you apply to work on the web, your application regularly goes into an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), programming that audits your resume to decide how well you’d fit the prerequisites of the activity posting.

The key to moving beyond the ATS is composed right in the activity posting—catchphrases, for example, the activity title, obligations, and aptitudes. Try not to duplicate everything in exactly the same words, yet ensure a dominant part of the most significant parts of the activity are in your resume and introductory letter.

About 75% of resumes that experience an ATS are killed on the grounds that they don’t meet the necessities the recruiting supervisor indicated, for example, the correct abilities, instruction level, or employment titles, as per Monster look into so it is critical to getting your resume in the hands of a recruiting administrator.

10. Improve Your Online Profiles for Your Job Search and Covid-19v efforts

For your job search in covid-19 to be successful, it’s insufficient just to be job searching with your CV and Cover Letter alone. Your job search ought to likewise remember online profiles. Head hunter recruitment on platforms such as  LinkedIn, Glassdoor and Indeed are is central to accessing employment today.

Make your your profile is modern on their achievements and liberated from spelling or language structure blunders. One of the significant ways of boosting your online head hunter prospects is adding a professional cover photo and detailing your accomplishments, certifications, awards and interest unreservedly.

11. Be Optimistic for Your Job Search and Covid-19 efforts

A worldwide pandemic wasn’t on the schedule when your job search started last year or even beginning of this year. None of us anticipated this obviously, and they may be feeling all around debilitated and on edge.

Whether there is Coronavirus or not life must go on.By rolling out as many targeted applications as possible, you stand a better chance than some one who did not. Likewise being optimistic will make you put your hopes in your efforts and give you a strong will to fight. Lets keep on fighting!

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