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References

Many organizations will request a list of references at some point in the interview process, primarily once you have gone through the initial stage(s) of interviewing. It is best to have this ready in advance and should include the following information: full name, title, employer, your relationship to the person (if not obvious), phone number and email address. If this person is in a different time zone or will be unavailable for a period of time, it is recommended to include this at the time of submission so it does not hold up the process.

Be wise in who you select to serve as a reference and be sure to ask the person in advance by sending them a copy of the job description and your resume so that they are able to be as specific as possible. There are a few rules of thumb in selecting your references: 1) It is better to have people who know you well and can speak to your abilities to do the job requested, rather than someone who is well known in your field. 2) Choose professional references only and those who can specifically discuss your work ethic. Note that a professor is acceptable if the opportunity is academically focused and/or involves research, but should not be used otherwise unless they have supervised you on a project. When in doubt, talk with a career counselor about your options.

For example:

REFERENCES

  1. Reference's First & Last Name
    Job Title, Company/Organization
    Company/Organization Address
    Phone
    Email
    One or two sentences describing how you know the reference
  2. Reference's First & Last Name
    Job Title, Company/Organization
    Company/Organization Address
    Phone
    Email
    One or two sentences describing how you know the reference
  3. Reference's First & Last Name
    Job Title, Company/Organization
    Company/Organization Address
    Phone
    Email
    One or two sentences describing how you know the reference
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This page was last updated on 12 November 2018