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Job References Lists

The Job References Lists also called the List of References is a list of two to five people that will give a potential employer excellent reviews of your past performance. Such references lists should be prepared by you based on written references you have at hand and/or permissions obtained from your referees.

The job references listsshould include the following:

  • Mr. / Ms. Name of referrer, Title
  • Company / Organization
  • Street Address
  • City, State / Province, Zip / Postal Code
  • Phone number with a dialing code
  • E-mail address if it is available
  • A brief description of the relationship to you and what capacity s/he would be able to speak about your relevant past performance.

Potential employers commonly ask for a list of references whom they might contact (usually by phone) before or after interviewing you.

Be sure you have such a list at hand when you go to an interview or when you need to fill an application for employment.

Do not list your references on your resume or CV.

This list is always put on a separate page and given out only when asked by the employer.

When an employer ask for it, it may mean that they are seriously considering you for the position.

Be sure to touch base with your referees regularly throughout the job search process. Let them know what type of position you are aiming for as well as the organizations you have in mind. Help them think through what they should highlight about your skills and accomplishments so that it is clear that you fit the bill for the job you are trying to land.

Finally, after you have signed the job acceptance letter for your dream job, do not forget to let your references know of your outcome and be sure to thank them profusely! You should send them a thank you letter. References play a critical role in a successful job search.


The reference letter examples and reference letter templates can be handy too.

art_remember Job References ListsCheck the spelling and grammar of your job references lists. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your job references list, send it to a professional for assistance.

art_tip Job References ListsIf you have a difficulty with your job references lists, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:

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In addition, on the info, job search, cover letter, CVs & Resumes and job interview and dress code pages, you will find many useful tips for overseas jobs seekers.

Good luck with your job reference lists!

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