Aug 08, 2018 - 01:41 AM
Many people want to know if they need to put references on a resume. According to Business Insider, the answer is a resounding "no." Most employers only request references after they've had an interview with a candidate, and even then, most employers only care to contact references if they're seriously interested in hiring a person.
You may attempt to fill the would-be-references-section with "References Upon Request." While this may have been the thing to do right after it became no longer acceptable to put references on resumes, doing so is just a waste of valuable resume space. Moreover, it's kind of obvious. When an employer sees that, he or she is likely to think, "Duh, if I want to talk to a past employer, I'll ask you for his or her number."
Another reason it's a huge no-no to put references on application documents is because it goes against the rules of common courtesy. You should never give out a person's name and contact information without asking him or her first, even if he or she is a past employer.
In short, resist the urge to put anyone's contact information other than your own on your job application. Your willpower may mean the difference between landing an interview or landing a dreaded spot in the application archives.