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Sample List of Job References

Below is a sample reference list that I use all the time and recommend to my customers. It’s very important to list job references who have direct knowledge of your past job performance.

If you have to, you can always go beyond your immediate supervisor and include past or present co-workers, subordinates, customers, suppliers, members of trade associations, or anyone else who can praise your work.

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Avoid using relatives or friends for personal references in your reference list because they have no direct knowledge of your performance on the job. Most importantly – never list a reference until you have gained that person’s permission to do so.

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I also have two other great articles on creating a reference list and on formatting a list of job references.

Keep in mind that this is just a sample reference list to give you an idea of how to create your own.  Don’t fee you need to do it exactly this way, but use this sample list as just a guide.

Sample reference list example:

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 is basically how your reference list should look.  There is no right or wrong way to create your reference list.  Just make sure it has all the best contact information for all of your references.

End of Sample Reference List

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