Creating a References List

Published On: March 30th, 2015Last Updated: May 19th, 2018Categories: Job Seekers Blog, Tips & AdviceTags: ,
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

About the Author: Doug Levin

Doug Levin is the owner and operator of JobStars USA, a career services practice serving job seekers of all industries and experience levels. He is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and Career Coach (CPCC) with a decade of experience in the Resume Writing niche.

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