I am in the process of locating a position after being employed for nine years with one employer. I have my resume completed but I need to know what information to include on my references for the interviews.
The Career Doctor responds:
References are a funny thing. Most employers ask for them but depending upon the position only a small percentage of employers really bother to call all the people on a job-seeker’s reference list.
Here are a couple of tips regarding reference lists:
- Never put references on your resume. Make a list on a separate sheet of paper that matches your resume (and cover letter).
- Never include references with your resume and cover letter unless specifically asked by the potential employer.
- Choose people who know you professionally and can speak well of your skills abilities and accomplishments. Always list your strongest reference first.
- Make sure you ask people if they mind serving as a reference for you — and then contact them again when you think they may be contacted by a potential employer.
- Try to use people who know you professionally but if you are a recent college graduate or someone returning to the workforce you can list a personal (character) reference.
- Make sure you completely identify each reference including name title company address phone number e-mail address.