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How long do I have to keep my job references?


Some job references are years ago. Have you ever wondered how long you should keep the certificates? We'll tell you.

Some job references are years ago.

Have you ever wondered how long you should keep the certificates?

We'll tell you.

You should always keep some documents, such as passports, ID cards or important certificates.

And also with employment contracts * it is clear that these only need to be kept until you change jobs or until you retire.

But what about job references?

How long are these needed for applications?

And what about the school report anyway?

We clarify.

Retention period for job references: That's what Stiftung Warentest says

According to Stiftung Warentest, job references

must always be kept


The reason for storage is that you have proof of your performance in the event of a termination for operational reasons.

But also to prove your qualifications in the event of a transfer or, if applicable, for advancement opportunities.

Such certificates are also important when changing jobs.

In general, it is worth adding a job reference to applications, regardless of how old it is.

There is also no need to include an original in the application.


copy of the document

is sufficient.

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How long is the retention period for school reports

According to Stiftung Warentest,


reports are among

the documents that you should

always keep


The reason is that it serves as proof of education from the age of 16.

This is an indispensable document, especially for the pension application.

In addition, the high school diploma will be presented for admission to the university.

And the training certificate could also be needed again for applications.

The social security report should also be kept.

"For the statutory pension, it is very important to have the documents yourself," explains Anke Voss from the Federal Association of Pension Advisors to Stiftung Warentest.

"The individual is required to provide evidence - if in doubt, a piece of paper will help," says the expert.

If the document is lost, the employer can issue a duplicate.

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