Resume Reference Page Setup

Here's a simple trick for formatting your resume reference page so it looks like a pulled-together, professional document, a template to show you how to set up your own page, and tips to ensure your references make a great impression when an employer calls.

How to Format Your Resume Reference Page

The best and easiest way to set up this document is to simply match it to the structure of your resume.

What does that mean in practical terms?

  1. Use the same font you used on your resume.
  2. Be consistent with headlines. Keep them the same size as the headlines on your resume.
  3. Most Important - Ensure that the header at the top of the page (where you put your name and contact information) matches with the header on your resume.

For example, if your resume was structured like this sample resume, then your reference sheet should look like the example below with a header and headings that match the resume.


Jane Somebody
123 Anywhere Street, City, State
(555) 000-0000
janesomebody@emailprovider.com

REFERENCES

Reference Number One Full Name
Job Title
Company
Business Phone Number
Personal Phone Number (if appropriate)
Email Address

Reference Number Two Full Name
Job Title
Company
Business Phone Number
Personal Phone Number (if appropriate)
Email Address

Reference Number Three Full Name
Job Title
Company
Business Phone Number
Personal Phone Number (if appropriate)
Email Address

Reference Number Four Full Name
Job Title
Company
Business Phone Number
Personal Phone Number (if appropriate)
Email Address



Ask your job references how they would like to be contacted (i.e. through their business phone number, their home number or both) and respect your references' preferences.

If your relationship with your reference is not clear, perhaps someone who was your supervisor at one company has moved on to another company, you may note the nature of your relationship on your reference sheet, but this is not necessary.

The template above will help you with structuring your page. You can also find additional tips on preparing for your job reference check and choosing good people to include on your resume reference page.

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