The Reference Page

A lot of new job-seekers wonder when to submit their reference page to a new employer. Here’s the scoop:  Prepare a new page - and entitle it "References" - so that this title appears below the same letterhead used for your resume and cover letter.  Ask each person for permission to list their name and contact information. When you get their approval, type their first name, their job title, their phone number, and their email address.  Two work-related references and one personal listing are acceptable.  For the personal listing, ask someone who is reachable during the daytime by phone.

If you haven’t worked before, ask your academic instructors to provide a short letter of reference. For the self-employed, ask clients to write a testimonial quote or a letter; as well, ask someone to be available so they can speak on the phone - either with an employer or a recruiter.

You can include a sentence or two (see Example 1 below) illustrating what that person knows about you.  

Example 1:

Work Related:

Bill Cohen, Head Principal, North York College
Known for team building, training and evaluating promotions. 


Geraldine Clairview, Paralegal
A friend who has attended - and observed - how I have coordinated Showcase Celebrations and Holiday Gift Shows at various locations in Toronto, Ontario.

Alternatively, you may set up the page in a three-column format with the individual’s name and company at the left margin.  The middle column would feature their contact information and details.  In the right column should contain a description providing a short summary of your achievements and results. Then, record what this person listed knows what you have done. 

Example #2:

Work Related: 

Pearl Armstrong, Manager
ABC Medical

Manager at ABC Medical.  Can confirm that I ranked Number One in selling assistive devices to seniors for five years in a row.  Marketed unique strategies that contributed to company growth.  Will verify that I persevere in every assignment from beginning to end.


Take a copy of the reference page and offer it to the interviewer at the end of your interview. He/she may have either asked for it or may suggest you bring it with to the second interview. Each situation is different. 

Find out how you may land more interviews by contacting Karen Shane for a resume designed to garner action and results.  She knows what employers need to see in your resume and cover letter.  Karen Shane, 416-226-0460.  You may email your existing resume and a job posting (if you have one) for a quote to: Since 1994, Karen Shane at Business Writing and Resumes has been preparing effective documents that enable clients to find employment. She also offers one hour career counselling.

Karen Shane is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Resume Strategist (CRS), located in Toronto, Ontario near the Finch Subway.  She offers 20 years of experience preparing resumes, cover letters, reference lists, and thank-you letters for a wide range of industries that include - but are not limited to – healthcare  (PSW, lab technician, nurses), finance, food and beverage, customer service, the trades, driving, construction, property management, and writes for Human Resources Managers, Sales and Marketing Representatives, and executives.

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