“References available upon request” – the most unnecessary sentence on a person’s resume. Every job hunter, interviewer, Hiring Manager knows that the chances of being offered a position without references are NIL. Even worse than that sentence is “Referees available upon request”. Yes it is amazing the number of resumes I have seen with that sentence on it. LOL please don’t bother applying if you are sending me your referees!!!
Applying for a Job:
Read the job description carefully, references are usually only requested when you are getting to the offer stage. Don’t send them in if they aren’t asked for. Don’t put them on the bottom of your resume. References are doing you a favour, don’t pass along their information until necessary. Yes there are exceptions. There are a number of online company resume submission sites (usually large companies like Banks, IBM, etc) who ask for everything up front: Resume, Cover Letter and References. Don’t bother submitting to these sites unless you have all the information requested.
This is one of the times when you may be asked for your references. Employers don’t want to see letters from your references starting with “To whom it may concern”. They don’t want a list of your LinkedIn recommendations. They want a straight forward copy of your references. So be prepared. Take a copy of your references with you, in the following format:
Most employers will ask you for your references when they are getting to the offer stage. You may be given a verbal offer dependent on your references. When it’s a hot job market, employers know that you may be interviewing for more than one job. They want to let you know that they want you, but your references are the final stepping stone.
References are an integral part of the successful job hunting journey. Always try and leave your last job on a positive note and you won’t have to worry about your reference check. Keep them up to date and keep in touch with them.