Resume Tip: References (how to handle)

ReferencesIf references are requested by an employer, list them on a separate sheet. Do not include references on the resume. The letterhead should match your resume. Do not volunteer reference information unless asked for by an employer. If no amount of references are specified list a minimum of 3 professional references. These should be people who have direct knowledge of your job performance and professional abilities. Make sure to get their approval first, and they are prepared if contacted. It is a good idea to provide your references with a copy of your resume so they can adequately speak about your experiences. List contact’s name, title, company, complete address, phone number with area code, and e-mail address. Only list the email address if it is checked frequently.

Consider leaving off the line “References available upon Request.” This line is optional as it is a given that you will provide references or additional information upon request. The line can serve the purpose of signaling the end of your resume, but if you are trying to conserve space, leave it off.

Sample resumes are available on the Career Services website (

Lauren Burmester is the Aviation Program Manager in Career Services.  She has been an employee with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2006 working in Advising and Admissions.  She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Studies with concentrations in Aviation Safety, Space Studies, and Business Administration, as well as a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics with a specialization in Safety Systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating with distinction.  Lauren’s passion for the Aviation and Aerospace industry is instrumental in assisting students achieve their personal and professional goals.

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