How Do I List References On A Resume?

Posted in Career Blog

So, how do you tackle the aspect of the resume that may require references? While there are instances where some positions and industries do require that a person list reference information within the content of a resume; most will not ask for this as a part of your resume, or even in their first contact with you. In the following review, we talk about why this is not common practice, and also how to list them, if asked to do so for the most successful job application.

Why You Should Not Include References
The most standard rule for all job applications is to not include any professional references unless asked to. Why is this? You may think that including professional references would only help to verify your credentials and make you look like a more attractive candidate, but it doesn’t. Instead, including professional references in your resume looks highly unprofessional, out of character, and extraneous.
Your professional references, while helpful to an employer, should only be given out for contact when asked; as they are supplying you a service by offering this reference of your previous work experience and work ethic. This said, in respect to them, you should not be giving out their personal name and contact information to every job you apply for; as they don’t need to have their information scattered all over the place for possible solicitation.

Why They Should Not Be in Your Resume
Moreover, if a potential employer does ask that you submit your professional references-either with your resume or after you have submitted your resume-you should never include it in the body of the resume. Why? It just isn’t standard practice, and by doing so, you will look unprofessional. Instead, submit three or more solid professional references on a separate piece of paper or word document to look something like this:

Professional References
Your Name
Address
City, State Zip
Phone, Cell Phone
Email

Reference List
Supervisor Name
Supervisor Relationship
Company Name
Address
City, State Zip
Phone
Email
Supervisor Name
Supervisor Relationship
Company Name
Address
City, State Zip
Phone
Email
Supervisor Name
Supervisor Relationship
Company Name
Address
City, State Zip
Phone
Email
Though we have shown only supervisors for professional references, it is also acceptable to use coworkers and/or colleagues with applicable details; though supervisors are preferred. Moreover, make sure prior to listing these references that they have been contacted and have accepted to give you a professional reference; and also-most importantly, worked close enough to you and have a good experience doing so, to offer the best characterization of your work ethic, experience, proficiency in what you do, and so forth.

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