How to Write a Reference Page
Who should I include on my reference page?
Your reference page would be nothing without your contacts that are willing to speak on your behalf, but you need to know how and why someone should be included on your exclusive list.
Use Common Sense
Take care when selecting your references; it may seem obvious, but make sure that they will really illuminate your positive qualities.
You know who you have impressed, or who really appreciates your work, use that to your advantage and ask them to speak about you
Climbing the Corporate Ladder
Never forget about the people who have helped advance your career, but be sure to ask at least one person from an upper management position (if possible) to speak of you.
It comes off as very impressive if, for example, the "Director" or "Manager" describes how much you have aided his or her own company.
How do I ask my reference to speak well of me?
The most important part of any business is the relationships that you build with people, especially people who have influence in your field.
The best way to have someone write or give a reference about you is to build a professional relationship with them so they want to help you.
Keep it Personal
You could email your contact and ask them to help you with a resume reference, or you could try to keep in touch with them by actually giving them a call or taking a trip to their place of business.
Maintaining a more tangible relationship with your reference makes that contact feel more willing to give you a good image.
Reference Page Formatting
You, of course, need to make sure that your formatting is correct so that after your potential employer views the page you maintain credibility.
Here are some major details that must be included in the proper format procedures:
- Be sure to use light colored paper that exactly matches the paper you chose for your resume (available in 24 or 32 pound weights.)
Also be sure to use a matching envelope that typically comes with the paper. It is vital that all of your documents match as this will create a professional look that employers have come to expect.
- The font that you select for your resume must also be used for your reference page. Make sure that the font is dark and very easy to read.
Now companies are electronically scanning resumes and if you choose a font that is difficult to read, your resume may be passed by as the machine cannot understand the font that you chose.
- Use single spacing for your references' contact information.
- Use one inch margins on all sides.
- Use double spacing between each contact.
- Include three to five references.
Reference Page Sections
The reference page is divided into several sections that have specific information that an employer expects to find. Observe the proper information that must be included.
Your Personal Contact Information:
at the top of the page you should include information such as: your full name, street address, telephone number, and an appropriate work email address.
Your References' Contact Information:
Remember to only include three to five separate references, and feel free to be selective about the references that you choose to use.
If you are applying for a certain type of job, only include the best and most relevant references.
The information that you should display for a reference encompasses:
- Full Name: Write the full name of the person you are using as a reference.
- Company Position: What position does he/she hold at the company they currently work?
- Company Name and Address: Put the company name and full street address or their home address if it is a personal reference.
- Contact Number: Enter the contact's telephone number.
- Contact Email Address: Enter the contact's email address.
- Affiliation: Be sure to write a sentence or two about how you know your contact and what kind of tasks you performed for them. Use keyword optimization here.
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