How do you conclude a resume? There is so much talk about properly outlining your professional documents, you want to make sure that you structure your resume-of all things-with the right sequence and format. This said, is there a right way and a wrong way to conclude your resume?

The answer? Not really. You have two options, and both are well received. The first, is to include a statement at the end that reads “Professional References upon Request”. This shows the employer that you do have at least three professional references that they can contact to get more information about you, as well as verify the information that you gave that relates to them in your resume outline.

If you do choose to include this statement, it means that-though a formality-you should have these professional references in a formal document, with updated contact information, ready to send at their request. The chances of employers actually asking for these references prior to an interview or even the final round of choosing the candidate is slim. This said, should always be prepared.

Do this, by determining at least three professional contacts that you have had that you have both: worked closely with, and also had a good relationship with. These could be supervisors in previous jobs, fellow employees in previous jobs, or even clients of your own. Do not include any relative or friends-unless the friendships were initiated in a professional work atmosphere.

Once you have a number of ideas for who might be good professional references call them up and ask them if they would be willing to be your professional references. If so, ask for the best contact information that employers should use, and what their current job title is-as employers often want to know this. Include their full name, how long you have known them, how you know them, what their current job title is, and contact information in your professional references document. It should look like this:

Professional References

1.Sheila Barnes; Manager of Hirohito Press
Coworker at Hirohito and Bailey
Known for 5 years
2.Tom Jordan; Associate Publisher
Supervisor at Great Waters Publishing
Known for 3 years
3.Rory Dredder; Senior Editor of Hawaiian Children Inc.
Supervisor at Hawaiian Children Inc.
Known for 10 years

If you decide not to conclude your resume with this statement, this is fine-as it is assumed that you have them to offer-as all positions require some sort of professional references to speak for your work style and experience. Since the resume is not a letter document and works more like a chart, there is no need to conclude it with any personal address or mention of anything further. Your last section on “skills and achievements” or “relevant coursework” or “licenses and certifications” could be the final words listed on the document; and this will be accepted as standard by a potential employer.