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How to List References

Presenting flawless job documents can earn you extra points in the eyes of potential employers. Get your reference page right by following these steps.


  • Step 1: Collect your list Think of at least three people with whom you have had a professional association who will speak well of you. Select current or former supervisors, colleagues, or professors. Avoid giving personal references -- friends or family -- unless you have no other choice.
  • TIP: Ask your choices for their permission to include them as references for a job. That way they will not be surprised when they are called.
  • Step 2: Create a references page Create a separate references page and title it "References," "List of References," or "Reference List."
  • Step 3: Avoid faux pas Don't write "references available upon request" on a resume. It is assumed that you can supply references. Also, don't forward your reference list unless you are specifically asked to do so.
  • Step 4: Include all contact information Include each reference's full name, job title, employer, full business address, telephone number with area code, and e-mail address.
  • TIP: Use the titles "Mr." or "Ms." before a person's name if the person's gender is not easily identified through their name.
  • Step 5: Include your contact information Create a header at the top of your reference page that includes your name and contact information. It should look the same as your resume's header. Proofread both documents, and prepare for your initial interview!
  • FACT: Paper was invented by Tsai Lun in China in the year 105.

You Will Need

  • References
  • Complete contact information

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