Here’s what you need to know for Creating a References List.
Creating a References List is an important step to take in your job search. Most job postings will require an applicant to include a References List in addition to Resume and Cover Letter when applying to a job. If you’re serious about applying, make sure your References List is squared away.
What’s the point of a References List?
Most hiring managers, corporate recruiters, and managers will contact your references so they can get unbiased feedback from individuals that you’ve spent time with in a workplace environment.
Who should be listed as a Reference?
The best individuals to use as references are former managers, colleagues, customers, vendors, or professional acquaintances from a past employer. Listing family and friends is not ideal because employers want unbiased feedback.
Note: make sure that you’re asking for permission from each individual before adding their information onto your References List.
What goes on the References List?
Always list professional, not personal information.
- First and Last Name
- Current Job Title
- Current Employer
- Employer Street Address
- Employer City, St, Zip
- Business Phone Number
- Business Email
Sample completed reference:
- Wile E. Coyote
- Sales Manager
- ACME Company
- 123 Road Runner Avenue
- Looney Tunes, AZ 12345
- 888-505-5005 ext. 102