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by Jeff Melvin, MBA
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Jeff Melvin, MBA

Jeff Melvin, MBA

Format For a Resume Reference Page - The "How to" Guide
By Jeff Melvin

There are plenty of "how to" guides on writing a resume, but very few address the issue of what the format for a resume reference page should look like. A reference page is a critical part of the resume/job search process. Notice I stated, "reference page" as your references should be placed on separate page rather than in your resume!

DON'T place your references in your resume - that is not the proper format!

The first step in learning how to put references in a resume is don't put them in it...

Create a separate sheet and use a resume reference sample page as a guide.

The standard in the "Job Search" world is:
3 Professional References
3 Personal References

If you stick to this standard you should be more than prepared for any inquiry from employers.

The format for a resume reference page is a simple layout with no extra fluff. Stay away from trying to sell yourself to the employer - just give them the facts.

Your Professional References should be listed as follows:


Job Title



Phone Number

Email Address

William J. Myar

Corporate Accounts Manager

Inglewood Production, Inc

444 East Steel Road

Joliet, Illinois 12345

(123) 456-7890

Email address

List your Personal References as follows:



Phone Number

Email Address

Steven L. Pinkerton

321 Jenkins Avenue

Milan, Illinois 12345

(123) 456-7890

Email address

Don't forget to contact your references prior to placing them on your list. This keeps your references from being blindsided by the employer and allows them some time to prepare for the call.

Another good idea is to send them a copy of your resume so they can get an idea of your qualifications.

The Format for a Resume Reference Page is no more than one page and creates a convenient way for you to respond to reference inquiries from employers.

Visit Effective-Resume-Writing.com to view a sample Resume Reference Page!

Jeff Melvin graduated with an MBA and is a highly experienced resume writer with over 10 years experience. Effective Resume Writing was created as a free online resume resource center. Download the eBook How to Write an Effective Resume & Cover Letter Today!

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Nov 02, 2015
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Very impressive post.

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May 23, 2010
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Great information regarding the format. Thanks a lot

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