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Providing References

Providing references is something you may be asked to do after an interview. You should not provide references or even mark it on your resume that they are available unless you are specifically asked for them.

If you are asked for references, here are a few tips on how to compose that list:

  1. Contact individuals you would like to include and make sure they're agreeable. If they are, this gives them a chance to prepare. Offer to share the job description, your resume or other career highlights with your references that will help them vouch for you.
  2. In your references document, include your name and contact information at the top of the page.
  3. List your references, including their name, job title, company, and contact information, with a space in between each reference.
  4. Include at least three professional references who can attest to your ability to perform the job you are applying for.
  5. If it's not clear from your resume, you may also wish to include information about your relationship with the reference.

Example of a Reference

Daniel Sadler EdD
Recruitment and Retention Manager
West Virginia University Reed College of Media
PO Box 6529
Morgantown, WV 26506
(304) 293-8542
Dan is a mentor through WVU’s mentorship program.