Choosing References

A reference is someone that an employer can contact to find out more about you and to make sure you’re the right fit for the position they’re looking to fill. Generally this person could be a previous employer, teacher or someone who knows your skills well.

Make sure you ask permission before using someone as a reference. This will allow you to give them a heads up on the position you’re applying for and give them time to think of examples to let the employer know how great you are!


-Include references on a separate page from your resume with your contact details on the top of the page.

-Do not distribute your references with every resume that you submit or distribute. Instead, wait until you are contacted by the employer.

-If you wish, add “References Available Upon Request” at the end of your resume. But it is no longer required.