We long ago stopped including "references available upon demand" on resumes or should have , so job seekers nowadays need to have a good, professional reference page prepared ahead of time — one that includes an up-to-date, accurate list of their job references. But how you prepare your list can make a big difference. If you've managed to get to the point in the interview process where an employer asks to see your references, the last thing you want is to give them a list of outdated information or bad phone numbers — or a reluctant reference! If an employer is checking your references after your interview, this is a positive sign. Although this action doesn't guarantee you a job offer , it's an indicator that you are a strong candidate for the job role.
References on the resume
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When you need to provide references to a potential employer, the best way to do this is to create a reference page you can share with them. A reference page is a list of your references. Create a separate list you can upload with your job application, if requested, and have one ready to share with the hiring manager during or after your interview. Be sure to ask them first. Select references who are able to speak specifically about your qualifications for the job for which you are applying. If you know in advance that your references may be contacted by a specific company, you can share your resume and the job description with them. Typically, employers ask for three references, but that number can vary.
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Last Updated: February 28, References. This article has been viewed 3,, times. Many potential employers ask for a list of references in a job application or at the end of a job interview.
Tailor your resume and cover letter to suit the job. Focus on conveying an important message to the recruiter or hiring manager that you reviewed what the employer wants and that your qualifications are worth more than a glance. Add a list of references and you have a complete application package. Your resume should be no longer than two pages, and your cover letter and professional references list no more than one page each. Center your name and contact information across the top of your resume, followed by a three- to four-sentence objective or introduction.