Sep 11, 2018 - 07:17 PM
It is a good idea to include a page of references with your resume only if the job advertisement specifically states to deliver a page of references along with your resume.
Recruiters and hiring managers routinely deal with large volumes of candidate documents and need to focus on only the most relevant information to determine which candidates to select. In the early to middle stages of the hiring process, a page of references tacked onto the end of a resume creates a burden without providing any additional useful information about a candidate.
Reference checks are usually performed near the end of the hiring process, and typically only for candidates to whom the employer intends to offer the job. At that point, the employer or recruiter will ask the candidate directly for a list of references. There is seldom a need for references before that point.
However, it is a good idea for all jobseekers to create a page of references earlier rather than later in the job search, thereby avoiding having to deal with a fire drill at one of the most critical times in the hiring process.
Aug 24, 2018 - 03:21 AM
There is one good reason not to submit a page of references with your resume by default. You may burn out your references if many employers contact them to ask about your character or qualifications. It can be better to reserve this page of references until an employer requests this information. Be sure to notify your references that employers may contact them when considering you for a position.
If you are considering whether you want to include a page of references with your resume, you should factor in any requests an employer makes and whether references or testimonials could support your application. It is a good idea to create a document that contains accurate contact information for three to five references. Bring this sheet of references with you to an interview or be ready to send it to a prospective employer on request.