Sample Reference List for Employment
When you need to provide references to a potential employer, the best way to do it is to create a list you can share with them. A reference page is a list of your references. Typically, employers ask for three references, but that number can vary.
Don't include the list on your resume. Create a separate list you can upload with your job application, if it is requested, or give to the hiring manager.
Below, you'll find a sample reference list to provide to employers upon their request for a reference list. As well, find information on getting permission to use a reference, when to provide an employer with references, and what to include on your reference list.
What to Include on a Reference List
Be sure to include full contact information for each of your references. List their full name, title, and company in addition to the street address, phone, and email. If the person prefers to use post-nominal letters (PhD, MD, CPA, etc.) or a title (Mr., Mrs., Ms.) it is appropriate to include it with their name.
Double check to make sure the information is current, and that the names are spelled correctly. (LinkedIn can be a helpful resource for confirming job titles, spelling, and other details.) Proofread your list as carefully as you proofread your resume and cover letter. You would not want to include an email address with a typo or a phone number that is missing a digit.
Be consistent with your formatting and make sure to include the same information for each reference. (That is, do not include a street address for some references, and skip it for others.) Include your own name and contact information at the top of the reference list. As well, include a title such as "References" or "References for Jane Doe" on the top of the page so that it is clear what information is on the page.
If the interviewer does not specify the number of references needed, aim to share three to five. Put the people who you think will give the most glowing, positive reference toward the top of the page.
Sample Reference List
City, State Zip
Human Resources Manager
City, State Zip
City, State Zip
City, State Zip
When to Send a Reference Page With a Job Application
When sending a resume and cover letter to apply for a job, it’s often not necessary, or desirable, to send a reference page at that time.
Unless specifically requested, you should not include your reference list with your application materials. You might want to use your current supervisor or a colleague as a reference, and you would not want them to be contacted prior to letting them know about your job search. Typically, companies check reference near the end of the application process.
Get Permission Prior to Including a Reference on the List
Also, before including a reference on your reference list, make sure that you have requested permission to use that person as a reference.
They will be better prepared to endorse you as a candidate if they know in advance that they may be contacted, rather than if they receive an unexpected phone call.
If you can, select references who are able to speak specifically about your qualifications for the job you are applying for. It’s helpful to let them know about your job search, and what types of jobs you are interested in, so they will know what qualities to highlight if they are contacted by a potential employer. If you know in advance that your reference may be contacted by a specific company, you can share your resume and the job description.
Thank You References
Remember to thank your references when they agree to act in your behalf, and offer to reciprocate in the future. While your qualifications, experience, skills, resume, cover letter, and interview all play an important role in getting hired, your references can enhance the whole picture.
Make sure they know you appreciate them taking the time to endorse you.
Reference Letter Samples
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Referencing in your UTAS assignments
Step 1. Before you use this library guide check: Does your School have its own referencing guide? To find out ask your lecturer or tutor.
Step 2. If you are using this guide or another guide and you are still unsure about a particular citation, it is always best to check with your tutor or lecturer - they will be marking your work after all.
Step 3. Refer to the Style Manual. UTAS Library holds print Style Manuals (complete guides) for the following referencing styles: Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver & Turabian. You can find these manuals on the shelves in UTAS Library branches. To locate these books please refer to the other pages in this guide.
Step 4. If you have followed steps 1 - 3 and you still need referencing help contact staff in Student Learning, or ask at a library enquiries desk, or fill in this web form: Ask a Librarian