The reference page is a separate document from the résumé. It is recommended that you have three to six professional references. These individuals can make or break your candidacy. Therefore it is important to pick people who can positively articulate your skills and abilities.
Always ask if a potential reference will serve as a positive reference for you. If they agree, send them a current résumé along with the position description, so they can answer the reference questions by tying in specific information about you and how you will be an asset to the organization. Make sure references can be reached year round via this contact information. If an employer cannot reach at least three positive references, they may not be able to offer you a position.
What Should I Include?
- Use the same header format as your résumé.
- Center the page to minimize white space.
- You should have three to six professional references that can attest to your work ability. Do not use character references unless requested.
Based on the position you are applying for, order your references in order of relevance:
- Professional relationship
- Phone number
For more information, download reference page instructions and samples.