References


When asked to provide references for a job or professional school, you may need to submit a references page or enter this information into an online application.  If you need to create a references page, here are some easy steps to get started:

Do's

FINDING REFERENCES

Make a list of professional contacts you feel could provide a strong recommendation:

  • Professors
  • Supervisors
  • Advisors
  • Professional Contacts

FIND A GOOD FIT

  • If you didn’t have a lot of personal interaction with someone, they probably wouldn’t be the best reference because they won’t know how to talk about you and your skills or knowledge
  • Choose references who know you well and whom you have known for a longer period of time

MAKING CONTACT

  • Contact potential references and ask permission to use them as one of your references
  • Send them your resume and/or a description of the job or program you are applying for so they can be prepared

WHAT TO INCLUDE

  • For each reference, include the person’s name, your relationship to this person, their current job title, the company they work for and contact information.  Be sure to include both a phone number and an email address

FOLLOW UP

  • Give references an update on the outcome of their reference for the job or school program you applied to

Dont's

  • Use someone as a reference until they have given you permission
  • Use a friend or family member as this is not considered a “professional” reference
  • Only have 1 reference; have 3-5 references prepared
  • Put someone down that does not know you well since they won’t be able to speak to your abilities
  • Use outdated phone numbers or email address—confirm with your reference to ensure you have up-to-date information