Additional Information and References

Use this additional resume information and these resume resources to ensure you're writing the best resume possible.


If an employer is considering hiring you, he may ask you to supply a list of references. A reference is a person who, if asked, is willing to discuss your skills, abilities, job performance, and general character. Potential employers contact these references and ask questions about your skills, duties, dependability, and/or productivity.

In most of the United States, your previous managers and the human resources department can only confirm dates of employment, not talk about your performance, so your references should not include previous supervisors.

Include their contact information, job title, and a brief description of how they are familiar with your work habits. Never include a family member as a reference unless you have worked with this person in a professional capacity.

It is always a good idea to make sure each of your references is aware that he may be called to discuss your skills and abilities. You may even want to provide references with a description of the job you are trying to get so each can talk about those specific skills and other requirements.

To improve your chances of getting a job, choose references who:

Remember, potential employers want to hear more than, "She's very nice."