Writing a Reference Page You should have 3 - 5 references, depending on how many is requested of you by an employer. It’s a good rule of thumb to have at least 5 ready and then send however many is requested of you. Your references should be past employers, supervisors, or professors. Prospective employers are not interested in personal references. Make sure you ask each reference for permission to include them on your list. Tell each reference what kind of jobs you will be applying for and what skills you want them to emphasize if they get a call from a prospective employer. Be sure to use the same header on your reference page that you used for your resume and cover letter. Your reference page can be sent with your cover letter and resume if listed in application procedure, otherwise sent to or given directly to an employer at their request. Usually, prospective employers will not check your references until you get to the interview stage. However, it may benefit you to send your list of references in the initial stage of your job search even if these have not been requested. This may create a favorable impression if your references are particularly impressive, or the employer knows someone you have listed. Be sure to bring your reference page to the interview. In addition, it is important to keep in contact with your references. They often appreciate being kept informed of your progress and may be able to provide leads on employment opportunities. NAME Address City, State, Zip Phone Email REFERENCES Name of Reference Job Title of Reference Name of Company Address Telephone Number Email Name of Reference Job Title of Reference Name of Company Address Telephone Number Email Name of Reference Job Title of Reference Name of Company Address Telephone Number Email Step One �� Make sure that your heading is identical to your resume and cover letter. Step Two �� Under your heading, after a couple of spaces, label your document as “References” Step Three �� List your references, with spaces separating each separate person, indicating name of person, their title, and contact information. You may also include one or two sentences that explains their relationship to you.