Employers often rely on the candidate’s references to help make their final decision on who to hire. When a resume is submitted or an application is made for the employment opportunity, it is wise to have a list of three to five references already available.

  • Always secure the agreement of each individual to be included on your reference page. When requesting permission, it is wise to provide the individual with a copy of your most recent resume to help provide a reminder of your experience and the part they played especially if it was a former employer or co-worker.
  • Have a list of three to five references available upon request after a resume is submitted and/or an application is made for the employment opportunity.
  • Since references are given separately from the resume and only if requested, it is wise to use the same heading on the references page as you use on your resume (name and primary contact information). This will help the employer connect the two items in the application and interviewing process.
  • Extra copies of your resume and references should be available in your interview portfolio and easily made available when requested.
  • The sample reference page illustrates how to make the page look full and complete. Include each individual’s name, title, address and phone number. Email addresses should only be shared when permission is granted.

Be sure to keep your references up to date. Let them know your job searching status, and notify them as soon as you find employment. Also, remember to send your references thank-you notes. You don’t know when you may need to use them again!

LinkedIn Tip:

Request work supervisors, faculty, staff, or co-workers to submit a recommendation for you on LinkedIn.

Your character is what God knows you to be; your reputation is what men think you are.

–Dr. Bob Jones, Sr.