group of job candidatesMost employers will ask job candidates for a few references to confirm work history, character and job suitability.

A total of three references are usually fine.

  • The best references are past supervisors and college instructors. 
  • You may also use a current or previous co-worker or a long-time professional acquaintance. 
  • Do not use relatives or “buddies.”

Always ask permission from a reference BEFORE giving his/her name to an employer.

Design your reference sheet just like your resume and match the heading, font and paper.