References are the best way to gauge if someone’s credentials are valid. These individuals should have worked with you closely whether its in an office or volunteer type capacity and be able to speak to your work and your skills. Do not include references on your resume as it takes up space unless it’s an endorsement from a notable public figure. You do not want to breach the privacy of your references by sending out their contact information with each of your applications. Also, avoid including “references available upon request.” It’s implied that you can provide references, so do not waste space on your resume for this.
Prepare your references in advance of applying for a job. Make sure you have received their permission and how they want to be contacted. Follow up with a resume and the job posting so your reference knows what to qualities and experience to emphasize. Usually the hiring manager will ask you for your references, if it gets to that point, unless they are required for the application process.
A good alternative to adding references or testimonials to your resume is sending them reference requests on LinkedIn. If you have an account on LinkedIn.com, a professional networking social media site, you can connect with your network and list your experience, skills, and education. Your connections have the ability to both endorse you for certain skills as well as write testimony about your contributions in a certain role or to a certain project. Seeing as LinkedIn is a pretty frequented website for recruiters to further examine their talent pool, having references and other details too extensive for your one-page resume is totally appropriate. To learn about all things involving reference letters, resumes and more, check out Epic CV.