Quick Guide to Professional References

How to Create a Professional References Document

Providing professional references as a job seeker is certainly not a new practice, however there are two main points to keep in mind for today’s job search:

  1. Do not include “References available upon request” at the end of your resume. Employers know you will provide references if they request them, so there is no need to use space on your resume to state the obvious.
  2. Create a separate document for your references and only supply this information upon request or at the interview. With so much of today’s job search occurring online, you do not want your references’ contact information falling into the wrong hands or your references being contacted by a potential employer without the heads up from you.

At the very least, you want to provide your references’ full name, title, company, address, email, and phone number. Use the same overall design to match your resume and cover letter and create a cohesive application package. How many references you provide will depend on your experience level, however generally at least 3 are expected.

Example References Format

John Andrews

President, Market Street Advertising

123 Pleasant Ave.

Frederick, MD 21702

555-555-5555

jandrews@marketst.com

Andrea Chase

Manager, The Home Agency

456 Main St.

Frederick, MD 21702

111-111-1111

andrea.chase@home.com

Linda Smith

Associate, Custom Design, Inc.

789 Elm Dr.

Frederick, MD 21702

222-222-2222

lindas@customdi.com

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