How Should References Be Listed On A Resume?

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If you are writing a resume for the first time, or perhaps, trying to edit your resume so that it as effective as possible, at showing your career qualifications and securing you an interview; it is important to know how references should be listed on a resume.
The answer? Professional references should never be listed on a resume-unless directed to do so by the job posting. It is extremely rare that a job posting might prefer that you have professional references listed on a resume. Why? Well, for a number of reasons, such as:

1.Confidentiality Employers understand that you do not want to be giving out the contact information of people you have asked to give you a professional reference, to every job that you might apply to. You should be able to get to know the company, be assured that they won’t abuse the privilege of this contact information, and continue the process.

2.Preliminary To ask for professional references in a resume would mean that a hiring manager intends to call all of these contacts of all applicants sending in resumes. This is not something employers have time to do-plus, it is a preliminary step. They should at least review the resume, prior to calling any contacts.

3.Not a Part of the Structure Moreover, any resume formats that you find do not include a section for professional references, because it is not expected-except sometimes on applications-but not resumes.
This said, though you should never include them on a resume; it is highly likely that you will be asked to provide them-either at an interview, or as an attachment to an email. In this case, you should know how to list them in a document that is professional and presentable. Make sure to create a separate document just for professional references. Keep it in a simple format, with a simple header entitled “Professional References”, and provide the following details: full name, their relationship to you, how long you have known them, their current place of employment, and a contact phone number. You should include 3-6 references-no less-and it should look like this:

Professional References
1.Name of Reference; Relationship
How Long You Have Known Them
Place of Employment
Contact Number
2.Name of Reference; Relationship
How Long You Have Known Them
Place of Employment
Contact Number
3.Name of Reference; Relationship
How Long You Have Known Them
Place of Employment
Contact Number
4.Name of Reference; Relationship
How Long You Have Known Them
Place of Employment
Contact Number

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