Aug 19, 2018 - 12:55 PM
Sometimes, especially with online applications, there is a section for references. This is another reason for not listing them on your resume. However, when a potential employer does ask for references, three seems to be the magic number. When putting together a reference list, here are a few things to think about:
• The best references are usually peers, business acquaintances, clients, and former bosses
• Choose references who can vouch for your qualifications for this specific job
• Always ask permission to use someone as a reference
• Give references a brief description of the job your applying for so they can speak to your relevant skills, abilities, and character traits when called on
LiveCareer is a helpful resource for creating a good reference list. One final word of advice: NEVER say "references available on request" in your resume. It takes up valuable space and states the obvious.
Apr 22, 2019 - 06:04 PM
References are typically provided during a different step of the application process. When you apply online, there is often a place to enter in your list of references. You will usually be asked the person’s name, their job title, the company, how you know the person, their email address, and their phone number.
It's a good idea to already have a reference list handy when it comes time to fill out an online application. An even better idea would be to have a reference list formatted to match the look of your resume. Though the chances of this extra work paying off may be slim, this will likely impress any hiring manager should they ask you to provide a separate list.
Less companies ask for references than in the past, but you should be prepared either way. Ask your references in advance so they aren't caught off guard when a company reaches out to them. When you're thinking of who to ask, first think of former managers. Next, think of coworkers or others you have managed. It's safe to have approximately four references handy to provide to an employer when they are requested.