How to make a reference page with a list of references

Free Reference Template download below shows you a professional  job references format.

Format a list of job references

To format a list of job references is a relatively simple task. All you need are the names and contact information for at least three to four of your best job references.  And then I’ll show you how to put them in the correct reference format on my sample reference page.  To format this list, title the top of your reference page as shown below:

First step in creating your list of references:  Title your reference page as show below:

Professional References for Susan Smith

I would even suggest putting it in a 14-16 point bold font. Then very simply list your references using this format:

Second step in creating a reference page:

Use this references template to format your list of references.

Reference Name
Company where they work, their position
City, State
Email address:
Phone or Cell Phone number: 216-555-1212

Third step in creating a reference page:

The references template is pretty straight forward.  Once you have your first reference listed, simply copy the same format to the next reference and do this three or four times.

That’s it, you’re all done writing your list of references.  Were you expecting more?

Don’t worry, at the end of the article, I’ll show you what your references format should look like when it’s all done.

But before I do…

I want to tell you about the Resume Masterpiece Here is where I go into even more detail about a references template , cover letters, and writing beautiful resumes.

At the bottom of this page I’ll show you a references template you can use to format your list of job references.

Keep in mind that your references should be on one single piece of paper. Make sure you don’t put “references available on request” on your resume. Mainly because it’s unnecessary and because employers will assume you have references and they will ask you when they are getting close to making you a job offer.

When creating your reference sheet to take to the interview, put it on letter-head that matches your resume and cover letter. In addition to looking good, the letterhead will identify whose reference sheet it is if it gets separated from your letter and resume.

But avoid offering your references to a potential employer in an interview unless they ask for them. It is rare that an employer will ask for references in a first interview, but it is possible which is why you want to have them with you. If they do ask for your references, then give them your references sheet along with any letters of recommendation that you may have.

Usually, employers will not ask for your references until they have made the decision to hire you. Once they have, then your references will serve as an extra piece of mind to a potential employer that they are making a wise investment in hiring you.

Here is a Sample list of a references template you can download for free

Resume References Format – Sample List of Job references

I discuss resume references format in more detail in another one of my articles.

Professional References for Susan Smith

Chris Fields, ARC, Solutions Design Consultant
Chicago, IL
Cell: 312-554-1234

Joyce Cirner, Microsoft – Partner Account Manager
Redmond, WA
Cell: 312-555-0558

Susan Bridge, Independent Network Consultant
Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Cell: 440-666-5449

David Jones, Chicago Public Library
Chicago, IL
Phone: 569-123-5588 Ext. 10

Bob Parker, Computer Sales, Eventus
Independence, Ohio
Phone: 440-555-7782 or 216-555-1900

This references template is all you need to make a reference page for your list of references.

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