Career Development


Many employers will ask for applicants to submit references along with their job application. Your references should not be listed on the resume itself, but rather on a separate sheet devoted solely to listing reference information. (Note that you do not need to include the line at the bottom of the resume “References available upon request” if you can fill that space with more useful information.)
Your reference page should clearly indicate your name and contact information, just as it is listed on your resume. Follow with the name, title, address, phone number, and email address of each reference you list. You’ll generally want to list 3-5 references, unless the job posting specifies something different. Before listing anyone as a reference, be sure you talk to the person first, and ensure that he or she is willing to provide you with a positive reference!
Print your reference page on the same paper you use for your resume and cover letter, and send it with these documents when you apply for a position. Take an extra copy along with you when you meet with the employer for an interview.

Sample Reference Page

Sally J. Sample
1234 Main Street
City, MN 55555


Betty A. Boss
Customer Service Manager
Big Store
City, MN 55555

Joe T. Professor
Professor of Marketing
College of St. Catherine
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105