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What is a Reference List?

  • A tool used by recruiters or interviewers to validate their overall impression of the interviewee/job candidate.
  • A list consisting of 3-5 professionals that can validate your job title, work ethic, length of service, demeanor, work-based performance, work-based responsibilities or skills.
  • Typically, consists of individuals that have evaluated your performance and that you have known for more than 3 months, these can include previous managers, coaches, professors and/or instructors.
  • Must exclude family, friends, co-workers, or members of a school-based club/activity.
  • Must contact these individuals beforehand and receive permission before including them on your references list.
  • Generally, individuals will bring this document with them to an interview and if requested it’s handed to the recruiter or interviewer.

What to include:

  1. Name of your reference
  2. Job title/position
  3. Name of organization
  4. Work-based or professional relationship
  5. Address (optional)
  6. Contact information