/ Asked by danielle
Should I put references on my resume?
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, September 15, 2016
Great question and an important one at that! There is no need to include references on a resume unless an employer specifically asks for them. Typically a resume should only include your summary, education, experience, and possibly your computer skills. You don't want to make it any lengthier than it has to be. Additionally, many employers don't use references, so it is best to wait to see if it is requested. If it is requested, it is usually through the online process where you would list names, job titles and contact information, or a recruiter may ask you for a list on a separate sheet as the interview process is winding down. Good luck!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, September 15, 2016
Great Question! It is not necessary to include your references on your resume and I don't recommend it. I would focus on your experience. Typically companies will ask during the application process to list three professional references or they could ask during the interview process. I would hold off until requested. Best of luck in your job search!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 16, 2016
It is typical to place a statement on your resume that says "References Available Upon Request" versus listing the references on the resume.  This will save space on the resume for things that are more meaningful to the reader such as your leadership or volunteer experience.  Taking this approach however, means that you will need to have a separate form with your references listed that you can provide to a potential employer when necessary.  I would also recommend giving your references a 'heads up' that you are listing them and they may be getting a call.
Answered by Patricia, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Monday, September 26, 2016
Good question! Generally references aren't truly needed until an employer has requested them. I would utilize the extra space for listing more experience or skills you may have.
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