The individuals you choose to list as references can make or break your chances of getting that dream job. Choose carefully and make sure they are well informed.
Employers interested in hiring you will typically contact your references either before asking for an interview or after the interview as a last bit of research into who you are.
Here are some tips:
- References should be listed on a separate piece of paper from your resume and cover letter. Include the same header for all three documents
- List a minimum of three references and a maximum of five (if the employer specifies how many they want, provide the number requested)
- Call and ask each reference if they are willing to speak on your behalf
- When speaking with them, be sure to ask how they prefer to be contacted (i.e. personal or business phone number, e-mail, etc.)
- List the reference’s full name including prefix (Mr., Mrs., Miss, Dr., etc.), job title, place of employment, and contact information
- Only provide one phone number and email per reference
- Help prepare your references by sending information about each job for which you apply, along with your most recent resume, so they can speak to your abilities as it pertains to the job