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Should You Include References on Your Resume?


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There's no need to list references on your resume or curriculum vitae.

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I often receive inquiries about whether you should include references on your resume or whether you should include a list of references with your resume when you apply for jobs.

If a job posting doesn't request references, don't list any references on your resume or send any references with your job application. When the job posting does request references, follow on the instructions in the job posting when you submit your references.

When an Employer Requests References

In some cases an employer will request references in the job posting. For example:

Application Instructions
Applicants must submit the following documents online:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • A list of three professional references with telephone numbers and email addresses

When references are required as part of the job application, send or upload a separate page with a list of references, including name, job title, company, address, phone, and email address for each of your references.

Here's a sample reference format for a reference list you can use as a template for your own reference list.

Keep Your References Informed

When you give out someone's name as reference, first of all, be sure that you have permission to use them as reference. Secondly, let them know they may expect to be contacted. Provide some information on the job you have applied for, so your reference can relate your experience to the job and give you the best possible reference for the job.

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