Just the Deets: Your Résumé’s Reference Page


We “Yelp” a restaurant to find out what others thought of the food before we go there, and similarly employers will want to find out what others thought of you before they hire you. Most of the time, prospective employers will ask for your references; some ask for them when you submit your résumé and cover letter, and others ask for them after they’ve interviewed you and are considering offering you the position. (By the way, it’s assumed you’ll be able to furnish them upon request, so don’t use up valuable space on your résumé stating the obvious.)

No matter what the timing, you should be prepared for this important part of the employment process by creating a reference page. Do not think of this as a second page to your résumé. Create a separate sheet and use the same format as the contact information on your résumé, so the design elements are similar and the appearance is cohesive. It’s best to concentrate on professional, academic, and personal references as opposed to purely social ones, but it also depends on the audience and position.

Information to include for each reference is as follows:  full name, title (Dr., Mr., Ms.), organization or company with which the reference is affiliated, complete mailing address, phone number, and an email address.

Here’s an example of how it might look.

Eliza Right Resume

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