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List of References

Each employer collects references differently. Create a separate document that lists 3 - 5 professional or academic references. Avoid listing relatives and personal friends. Make sure your list of references:

  • is a separate file, not simply Page 2 of your resume
  • has the same header, margins, font style and size as your resume, so all your materials are consistent
  • has one sub-heading, called “References”
  • lists 3-5 professional or academic references (not relatives)
  • includes very complete contact information for each reference – even a mailing address
  • is provided whenever the employer requests it, which may not happen until after an interview (so always carry a hard copy of your reference page whenever you meet with an employer)


Wannabe A. Worker
1234 Street Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84000


Name, Title
Company/Organization, Department
Mailing Address
City, State ZIP


Ms. Elaine B. Roundy, President
Imaginary Company, Inc.
568 Toronto Drive, Suite 200
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 555-6666


Dr. Juan A. Fuentes, Assistant Professor of Finance
(Written reference available upon request)
University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business
1645 E. Campus Center Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9042
(801) 555-7777


Dr. N. Charlotte Sorensen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
(Formerly, Associate Professor at the University of Utah)
Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering Department
Building 530, Room 125
440 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-3030
(650) 555-4444

Last Updated: 6/28/18