How To Add References To A Resume?

Posted in Career Blog

Ever wondered how to add references to your resume? Many people have no idea how to include professional references to their resume. The answer: don’t add them, as it is unprofessional and a sign of disrespect to your professional references. This said, there is something you can do to provide a nod from your colleagues and supervisors, without looking either unprofessional or disrespectful. Below, we tell you what that is, and how to go about it.

A professional reference is a great tool that employers use to get a better feel for how qualified and reliable a person is that they are considering for employment. It helps those seeking these same positions, the ability to have someone else who they have had a good working experience with, speak to their credit for persuading an employer to offer them a position. Professional references in the role of hiring are really quite helpful and beneficial to both parties involved. This said, though many do not know it, there is a time and place for submission and review of professional references. This is typically after the resume has been submitted at the first, second, or third interview. This said, you should never include professional references on your resume.

So, how can you get the same benefit to your reputation, prior to an interview and can you? The answer is yes you can, and through a little tool called testimonials. What is a testimonial? Basically, a testimonial is a professional reference in written form, and without contact information. So, you would contact one of your professional references and ask that they give you a sentence or two in regards to your working relationship to them. You would quote them, include their name, and include this and possibly a couple more testimonials in a special section of your resume entitled Testimonials, or, if you prefer, include it in a bullet point for a position that you worked in.

A common example of what this sort of testimonial might say and look like is “Harris was a pleasure to work with, as he was entirely dedicated to his position, and took on more responsibility than was his own” Sarah Watters, Jones and Jones Advertising. So, in this case, a potential employer gets to see how you were valued at a particular place of employment, prior to asking for your references, and this speaks to your credit-thereby making the possibility of an interview more likely than if you did not include a testimonial.

Testimonials may be extraneous in resumes that are already long enough-offering many sought after skills, achievements, and impressive work experience; so in these cases, it is recommended that these applicants wait to be asked for professional references. On the other hand, if you have just graduated, have recently switched careers, or simply do not have a lot of experience; you need a little extra boost to your credit to make yourself competitive in a stack of resumes with the same or more experience. This is where having a few professional testimonials can help out immensely.

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