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Reference List

Most employers will want a list of 3-5 professional references.  Professional references can include instructors/teachers, supervisors, and anyone else who can vouch for your work.  Personal references, like family, friends, and religious leaders, should only be provided if asked for specifically.  When compiling your reference list, make sure to ask if each person can serve as a positive reference for you. You will want to keep your references up to date on the types of jobs you are applying for and provide them with a copy of your latest resume.

If asking for a letter of recommendation, it is wise to give the reference at least two weeks to complete the letter. Make sure to get it on company letterhead as well. Never give the original copy to an employer- only provide a copy. 

The Reference List should include the person's name, title, company name, address, phone number, email address and your relationship to them.


Sam Jones

Associate Professor- Sinclair Community College

Sinclair Community College

444 W. Third St.

Dayton, OH 45402


Former Instructor


Note : References are not listed on your resume and you do not need to write, “References available upon request”.  The Reference List is a completely separate document from your resume and should include your personal information (name, address, phone number and professional email address) on the page as well.