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Reference Lists

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When you’re interviewing for jobs, you’ll need a list of references—people who can vouch for your skills and experience. In most cases you won’t provide the list to an employer until you are asked, but it’s a good idea to have it ready. Here are a few tips on gathering your list.

Who are your references

List three to five people as references. The best choices are employers, close business associates, internship or volunteer supervisors, and professors with whom you have worked closely. Do not list family members as references, and don’t be afraid to ask whether the potential reference knows you well enough to say positive things about you.

Ask first

Ask your references for permission before listing them. Be sure to give them your current resume and/or the job descriptions of the job you’re applying for. Also, contact them each time you give out their name. Include their exact job title, the name of the organization where they work, and their work address and phone number on your reference list.

Where to list

Do not list your references on your resume. Instead, create a separate page that includes your references’ names, titles, companies, contact information, and relationship to you.

Stay in touch

Stay in touch with your references. Send each one a thank-you note when your job search is over. Proper etiquette aside, it will help keep your contacts current. You never know when you might need their help again.

Sample List of References

Anita Job
Boston College, Box 9999, Chestnut Hill, MA   02167   617-655-0000

Mr. Alexander J. Holmes, CPA
Vice President of Mutual Fund Accounting
The Keystone Group
Boston, MA 02199
As fund tax manager, Alex hired me and helped train me as a staff audit representative. He also became an accounting mentor and role model.

Ms. Kathy Hawthorne
Vice President of Corporate Accounting
Fidelity Investments
82 Devonshire Street
Boston, MA 02109
I met Kathy while attending Dartmouth College. She has been a longtime accountant and finance mentor and friend. While working at Keystone, I was a member of the Boston Society of Corporate Controllers, of which Kathy served as the vice president.

Mr. Francis J. Melville
Sales & Operations Manager
The Keystone Group
Boston, MA 02199
When I was chosen to participate in the new Cross Training Mutual Fund Division, Frank was my boss and assisted in developing my sales and customer skills.

Professor Peter W. Frink
Finance Department
Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management
Boston College, Fulton Hall
Chestnut Hill, MA  02167-3808
I was a student in two of Professor Rockwell's classes. I developed an independent course with Professor Rockwell that examined the financial and tax considerations of international mutual fund management.