Resume References Information
Whom should you use as references?
Past employers, professors or other faculty in your major,
supervisors in volunteer work or internships serve as good
candidates. Sending a copy of your resume can help them serve as
better references for you.
What background information should you include on your
List their name, job title and the company/institution they work
for. Include their home/work address, phone/fax number and e-mail
Following is the preferred order of sources, in the eyes of your
- Extracurricular Advisors
- College Administrators
- College Professors
- Personal Professional Acquaintances
The one major exception to this is when your personal professional
acquaintance is also connected with your potential employer (yes, it's
called "pulling strings" and it's done all the time, so don't be
ashamed). Then it goes to the top of your list. Please leave off
personal acquaintances (one candidate I interviewed listed his mother as
a reference, saying "who would know me better!") and religious
acquaintances (five years as an altar boy is not typically considered a
measure of employee loyalty).
- Usually, availability of references (not an actual list of
references) is indicated at the bottom of the r�sum�.
- Often, names and contact information for references are provided
only when requested and are not included with the r�sum�.
- If you do send a list of references with your r�sum�, include it
on a separate sheet and be sure that YOUR name appears on that sheet
and that you provide full contact information (name, title,
organization, mailing address, telephone number) for each reference.
- If you are given an interview with a potential employer, you
should have a list of references available when you go for the
- ALWAYS talk with potential references and obtain their
permission BEFORE you offer their names to employers.
- Usually, a minimum of three references is expected; ideally they
should represent both academic and workplace experience.
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