Before coming to the actual content let’s discuss the word “Reference” to make the matter more understandable.
The word “Reference” is typically used, in the Human Resource industry, for endorsing / recommending someone for employment. For instance “Reference” is the person who comments on another’s character and qualifications especially for job purposes.
Now let’s discuss why References are an important ingredient in a resume. Taking into account the importance of references in a resume, which is a document that contains all your qualifications, credentials, experiences, skills, other qualifications, co curricular activities, certifications, memberships and other personal data, all known to you, and created by yourself, now when an organization / company (employer) receives your resume, seems quite attractive and also up to the mark, as required for a particular job description, the question arises for its genuineness and validity, whether your resume is really fairly and truly written. Hence, there arise this ingredient, last but most important for an employer to look for in your resume, that is “References”.
Here is preview of a List of References Template for your Resume,
In this section you are supposed to give basic details of your references such as Name/s, address/es, email address/es, contact number/s, company he / she / they work for (including company address, his / her / their designation/ s), and the years you have been known to him / her / them.
Mostly, you are required to provide three references from your past / current organizations or if you are inexperienced then from people from your social circle who are already working for some organization. But not necessarily, all the organizations ask for same number of references that might be less or more.
When you are submitting your resume at your own or generally in response of a vacancy advertised whereby no specification is given for providing number of references then you should mention at least three, if you are rich enough to have some good references, to make your resume authentic and valid in front of the employer, who is going to read your document for the first time and can come to know you well after knowing your references section. Although, mentioning one reference, is also enough, for general application.
We also find that people give the heading “References” in their resumes, and write under it “To be provided upon request”, this is also genuine. This reveals that you are aware of the importance of references in your resume and feels that once your resume is selected then the employer may ask you for the references and you confidentially provide the references known to you.
Furthermore, always try to provide valid and genuine references and never take it as easy as it seems to be. Never think that the details you have given in the references will not be tried by the employer or is just to make resume impressive. Before providing reference always check with that person and make him ready for a call from your expected employer for you recommendations.
Here is download link for this List of References Template,