Reference List

Your Resume Reference List contains a list of people who can vouch for your work accomplishments, character, or anything else proclaimed in your resume or job interview.

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Looking for a new job, whether you are unemployed or in need of a change, can be an overwhelming process. The first step is to have your resume and cover letter ready to go.

If the hiring manager sees your application and likes what they see, they might ask you for a Resume Reference List. This is a single-page document containing a list of people who can attest to your skills and experience.

What Is a Resume Reference List?

A Resume Reference List is not something applicants usually send along with the resume and the cover letter. You prepare and have it ready if the hiring manager requests it, which may happen during, before, or after an in-person interview. Another scenario is a job listing asking for references upfront, in which case you would want to attach the list with your application.

It is imperative to keep the list simple and without any incomplete information. Your Resume Reference List can contain both the people whom you worked with and those who know you personally that know a thing or about your character under a more pressure-packed scenario.

Other Names for Resume Reference List

Depending on your state, a Resume Reference List may also be known as:

  • Professional References
  • Job References
  • Reference List
  • References
  • Reference List for Employment
  • List of Professional References

Who Needs a Resume Reference List?

Having a Resume Reference List ready in your job search can be incredibly useful. You may even use it outside of job hunting. It is something you should ideally prepare in advance.

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What Information Will I Need to Create My Resume Reference List?

To create your document, please provide:

  • Applicant's Personal Information: The applicant's name, address, email, and phone number.
  • Professional References: This is where you supply the relevant info about the people you have worked with and would like to use as a reference, including the name, job title, company, and contact information.
  • Personal References: This is where you supply a list of the people who know you personally and whom you would like to use as a reference, including the name, relation, and contact information.

Resume Reference List Terms

  • Applicant: In the context of a Resume Reference List, this is the job applicant.
  • HR: The Human Resources department is responsible for internal people management, including hiring and administration.
  • Hiring Manager: In the context of a Resume Reference List, this is the interviewer and the one who may approve the hire.
  • Resume: An overview of a job applicant's education, work history, and skills.
  • Cover Letter: In the context of a Resume Reference List, this is the letter addressing and usually accompanying the resume or application.
  • Intern: A trainee who usually works without or with minimal compensation in favor of the experience.
  • Employee: A person officially employed under an Employment Contract that must meet federal and local regulations.
  • Independent Contractor: A non-employee hired to perform one or more tasks.
  • Employee Handbook: The staff manual outlining a company's values and expectations of the employees.
  • Workforce: The total number of people available to supply labor, definable on multiple levels, including a company and up to a country level.
  • Objective: In the context of a Resume Reference List, this is the professional goals, plans.
  • LinkedIn: The most prominent social media platform for professionals.

Resume Reference List Signing Requirements

The Resume Reference List is not a legal document and does not have to be signed.

What to Do with Your Resume Reference List?

Once you're satisfied with your Resume References List, you can download and store it for it whenever a prospective employer asks. You may also want to update it as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Professional references are people whom you worked with, preferably for at least six months in recent years. Usually an ex-supervisor and up to managing directors are chosen to act as a reference. In contrast, personal references are non-colleagues who can attest to your character and perhaps work ethics. If the type of references is not specified, you can assume that it is the business references that may interest the employer more.

The answer is always yes. You may even want to ask the person in person if possible. The convention is to use someone whom you have worked with recently. Needless to say, you want to be pretty certain that the reference will speak well of you. And do not forget to express your gratitude after the fact, and especially if you got the job.

Employers may call your references and have a chat with them about you. Big corporations may outsource this to other companies specialized in the task.

Most people can find at least a couple of people to use as a reference. But if you have just come of age or had a long employment gap, adding someone that you have worked on a volunteer basis can also be a viable option. If you do not have any volunteer experience, perhaps a former teacher who remembers you would be willing to attest to your character and learning abilities.

A letter of recommendation is a personal note written by one person, not just a contact to reach out to. It is often used in college application in addition to job hunting. If you have an esteemed former co-worker who is willing to write a letter of recommendation, it may just close the deal for you in some instances.

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