Just because references are no longer included as a part of your résumé doesn’t mean you don’t still need to have all the information handy for when it’s asked for. Creating a references page to have with you at an interview or quickly consult when references are asked for can impress a potential employer with your efficiency. So, how do you make one? With just four easy steps!
1. Gather the information
Your references page should have three to six references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer. If you haven’t yet had an employer, or haven’t had many, anyone who knows you well who isn’t a parent or family member can be used: university lecturer, school counselor, minister, etc.
2. Contact them yourself
Doing this achieves two things: if it’s a job from a while ago, you ensure that the details are still accurate, or you can update them. Then, when you get through, you should check that they’re willing to be your referee and that they’ll say nice things about you. What would a potential employer think if they made a call and the person on the other end had no memory of you?
You may just keep this page for your own reference so you can quickly send the details to the person asking for them. Or you might take it with you to an interview so you can hand it over as soon as they say they want to follow up on references. In that case, you’ll want it to be formatted in the same way as your résumé so there’s no risk of them getting it mixed up with anything else. If your name and contact details are formatted a certain way, or you have headers on your résumé, copy it onto your references page.
4. Make your list
Starting with your current or most recent employer you would most like them to use, and following it with the second person, you will list the professional references before any personal ones and include the following information:
- Their full name – Mr. and Mrs. if there’s a chance of confusion
- Their title
- The company name and address
- Telephone number – extension if possible, mobile only if you know it’s okay
- Email address – again, better to use their professional email
- Your relationship to them in one sentence
Here’s an example:
Company, 1 Street, City, Zip Code, State, Country
John was my supervisor when I worked at Company
If you’ve followed all these steps, you should have a great references page either for your own reference or ready to give to an interviewer. Do you have a references page? Have you ever been asked for one? Let us know!