Whether or not to include references when submitting your resume is up for debate. Some say to always include references, while others say to send them along only if requested.
As an employment agency in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, we think it’s a good idea to include references when submitting a resume. If you have strong ones, it certainly can’t hurt, whether the prospective employer requested them or not.
Also, rather than just including references on your resume, consider creating a reference page. A separate page for references has been found to be more effective than putting references right on your resume.
So how do you create a reference page? Here are some tips:
• First, brainstorm who you want to include as a reference. Your references should not be family and friends; they should be colleagues, and, even better, managers with whom you’ve worked in the past. You should include at least three professional references.
• With that said, you may also want to include a couple of personal references. Again, a personal reference should not be your spouse or your dad. Instead, a good example of a personal reference is someone you volunteer with or volunteered with in the past or who you sit on a community board with.
• Once you’ve decided on your list of references, contact them to make sure it’s ok to include them as references. Make sure they know that a prospective employer may be in touch to discuss your background. This will give them time to formulate what they want to say.
• Next, create a document separate from your resume, where you list these references. Include your reference’s name, job title, company, phone, and email. Also include what capacity you worked with the reference in (i.e. was this person a co-worker or a manager?). In addition, put your strongest reference first since the interviewer may only contact one or two references.
If you’re looking for a new job and need help creating your reference page, or your resume, please contact Provisional. As a premier employment agency serving Couer d’Alene and the Northwest, we can give you access to a variety of resources and opportunities. Contact us today to learn more.