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References in Resumes
At some point during the selection process, most prospective employers
will want to check applicants' references, people who have agreed to
recommend the applicants to prospective employers. Usually, the last
section of the resume will handle references in some way.
- Most job applicants indicate their willingness to provide references
in the last line of their resume: References available upon
- Many SCSU job applicants list the address and phone number of Career
Planning and Placement and their placement file number under references.
Then, prospective employees wanting letters of reference can simply
contact Career Planning and Placement.
- Some prospective employees want references listed right on the resume.
- If you list references on your resume, include a balance of
academic and nonacademic references.
- Include references' professional titles and their work addresses and
- Make sure that you've asked permissions before you include people as
references: don't assume that they're willing to write you a letter of
support, that they'll write you a favorable reference, or that they have
time to write you a reference. Such assumptions will inevitably backfire.
And if you list people without their permissions, even if they are
willing to serve as a reference, they probably won't be prepared to talk
about you if people call asking for references.
- If you're unsure whether or not you should list references on your
resume, check the job listing or a professional in your field for advice.
- If you don't list references on your resume, prepare a separate
reference sheet that you can take to interviews; then, when prospective
employers ask for a list, you'll be prepared. Take a look at a sample reference sheet to see a standard
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Last update: 5 October 1999