What is a Reference Page?
Applications may request a reference list sometime during the candidacy process. Non-academic job listings and hiring managers usually want references on a separate document.
When applying to academic roles, you can place a reference list at the end of your CV that includes three or four contacts’ names, titles, office addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Academic job openings may also request reference letters from faculty and others who can speak to your professional credentials.
To maintain consistency, use the same header from your resume on your reference page. This will also help your potential employer recognize your reference list as a related document.
Each reference should include essential contact information such as their name, organization name, relationship with you, address, phone number, and email address. These details will make it easy for your potential employer to get in touch with your references.
When building your reference list, consider some essential guidelines:
- First and foremost, always ask for explicit permission from your contacts before listing them as your reference. This courtesy is essential to avoid any unwanted surprises.
- Select references who are familiar with your work, skills, and accomplishments. Ideally, they should be able to speak to your abilities and qualifications.
- Avoid using relatives as your references. Instead, consider reaching out to employers, professors, advisors, or other professionals who know you well.
- Reach out to potential letter writers at least one month before conducting a job search to provide them with ample time to consider what they will include in their reference letters.
- To jog your reference's memory, consider providing them with a small reminder of the projects or collaborations you worked on together.
Finally, when you apply for a new position, always notify your references so they can be prepared for the call from your potential employer. By following these tips, you can ensure that your reference list is an asset in your job search.