/ Asked by Agne
Where on my resume should I put a list of names that the employer can contact for a reference? And what is a correct way to write it: "As a reference you can contact ..." or "For references you can contact..." ?
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Great question! There is no need to put anything about references on your resume. It is assumed that you have references, and the company will ask you for them when needed. The reference process usually happens towards the end of the hiring decision. Putting references on your resume takes away from more important qualifications that you will want to highlight. You also don’t want to put other people’s information on something that you are sending around and or posting in public forums.
Best of luck!
Nell
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015
It is not necessary to include references on your resume. Most companies do not utilize references until the end of the hiring process, if at all. A recruiter will assume you can provide references if asked so I would recommend utilizing this space on your resume to highlight your education and work experience, these are the areas a recruiter will be most interested in. If you want to add a line at the bottom of your resume, I would recommend keeping it short such as, “References available upon request”.
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Thursday, July 16, 2015
Great question!  References are not what I would consider a requirement on a resume.  In fact, sometimes they look like they are a way to fill a page on a shorter resume.  I would suggest if you would like to include them in your resume, add a 2nd page and list them there.  If not, you can simply provide them if/when an employer requests.  Good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, July 17, 2015
In general, on a resume at the bottom, you should just put 'References Available Upon Request'.  Then on a second page, list out those references and keep them handy so that you can quickly respond to any requests for them.  Some companies may require references to be listed as a part of their electronic application process, but in general, it is not something that you need to include on the main page of your resume.
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