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Should I Name my References on my Resume?


Having a list of professional references is definitely part of an effective job search strategy. However, the names of references should not be listed on your resume.

It is never too early in your college program to begin thinking about who will be able to give a professional reference for you when you start looking for internships or careers after graduation.

Many college students will list the names of these references in their resume. This is not what recruiters prefer to see. What you should do instead is create a Reference Sheet that is separate from your resume. For a really professional look, use the same heading with your name and contact informationon your Resume, Cover Letter and this Reference Sheet. Include the following on this sheet:

– Name of the person who will be providing the reference for you
– Title of the person
– How long you have known this person
– Contact information. Share the best way to contact if you know. eg email or phone.
– Preferred time to contact this reference

Remember when you are listing your references:

Ask permission BEFORE listing someone as a professional reference AND share your resume with the person who will give you a reference. Some HBCU staff on your campus that can provide impressive references for college students include:

-Instructors / Faculty
-Internship/externship supervisors
-Job shadow supervisors
-Residence hall director
-Former supervisors in your campus /work study jobs
-Band directors / club advisors
-Mentors
-Career center staff
-Coaches

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