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How to Select References to Include in Your Resume

By Veronica Wright 

When you walk into an interview, you should come armed with two documents. The first is, of course, your resume. The other document you will need is your reference page for your resume. There are several reasons you will want to bring this along with you.

- If your interviewer is really interested, they might want to start contacting your references right away. Having the reference page for your resume on hand, makes that easy for them.

- In some cases, interviewers will contact references as you are interviewing. This is somewhat common when you are speaking to several different people in a single interview.

- If you have this information organized and ready to hand over, it makes you appear to be put together and well organized.

- It is less likely to appear that you have fudged any reference information if you have it available immediately.

Keeping this kind of information in a separate document allows to keep your resume as clean, organized, and streamlined as possible. That's very much appreciated by HR professionals who scan hundreds of resumes each day. Of course, now that you know why you should make this page, it's time to go into how to make a resume reference page.

Why Not Just Include The Information With Your Resume?

The main reason for keeping your professional resume reference sheet separate is to protect the information of those who have agreed to help you. Agreeing to have their information shared with somebody who is truly interested in hiring you, is much different than allowing their contact information to be submitted to dozens of different businesses who happen to advertise job openings. You don't want your friends, former coworkers, and past employers receiving spam or getting on unwanted email lists because too many people were able to access their information.

Keep that information confidential until you are further along in the process. Your professional resume reference page should be for the eyes of those who are going to use it for its intended purposes only.

Getting People For Your Professional Resume Reference Page

If you follow no other advice from this article, follow this advice. Never put anybody down as a reference without letting them know. If they have any hesitation about giving you a good recommendation, you want to find out from them. You don't want a potential employer to hear that. It's also a bit of common courtesy that they not be blindsided by sudden calls and emails. It can be a bit nerve-wracking to ask people to serve as a reference for your resume or CV. Just remember that most people are flattered by the request. After all, you've essentially told them that you believe that their endorsement carries enough weight. A brief, but cordial email asking if they would be willing to be a reference is fine. A phone call works as well. Just be sure to verify that you have all of the right contact information.

Write a Resume Reference Page For Your Own Use

One way to learn how to make reference page for resume is to create the first one for yourself. You can use a sample reference page as a guide. There are many of these online. Of course, this isn't just for practice. If you've ever been at an interview where you were also asked to fill out an application, having a personal sample reference page, comes in very handy. It's much easier to fill out the employment history section and reference section if you have a list of previous employers and their contact numbers. Keep your personal reference page in your pocket, wallet, or even stored on your mobile phone for quick and easy access.

Choose a Reference Page Template

You have several options here. You can find your reference page template online and download it, or you can create your own. The only criteria is that there is a place to enter in all of the necessary information, that it is laid out in a way that makes sense, and that every entry looks the same. You don't want a potential employer searching for information. Also, avoid using a reference page for resume that uses to many graphics or other decorative flourishes.

Think conservative when making your selection. Remember that even if you are in a creative line of work, the person checking your references might be a very down to business HR staff member.

Determine The Sequence of Your Reference Page For Resume

You're well on your way to learning how to write a references page for a resume. Now it's time to determine which reference goes where on your sheet. Here is something to keep in mind, your potential new boss might not call every contact on your list, but they will almost certainly call the first one. So, make sure this is somebody who will really sing your praises. Don't think in terms of date sequence. Put your flagship reference at the top. This will be the old boss or coworker who was truly amazed by that great project you handled, or who will go on and on about your amazing leadership skills. Be sure to talk up that relationship and experience in your interview as well. You want to get the interviewer excited about contacting that person.

Filling Out The Reference Information

This is the simplest part of the whole process. It's also the easiest to screw up. Take your time. Spell names correctly. Check and double check phone numbers and addresses. If you include links, make sure they are typed out correctly. You don't want to submit any embarrassing mistakes or typos. Be sure the interviewer has at least two ways to contact each one of them.

Offering The Reference Sheet

There's no point in learning how to write a reference page for a job, if it never gets into the hands of your potential employer. If you aren't asked for the it, don't be shy about offering it. You might save them a phone call later to ask for the information. It's also a great way to show that you are interested in the position and moving things along.

Kill Gossip So It Won't Kill Your Career

By Bill Lampton, Ph.D  

"Did you hear that our department is going to suffer a huge budget cutback?"

"Guess what our beloved boss has decided to do next."

"Sure seems like Marvin is getting plenty of phone calls that aren't from his wife."

Yes, these comments represent one of the most sinister threats to your career. If you choose to participate in listening to and spreading company gossip, you have started a downward spiral. Consider these five reasons gossip threatens your reputation and long-range standing with your corporation.

ONE: Gossip brands you as a negative person.

As the originator or spreader of bad news, you appear toxic. You poison the workplace atmosphere. Eventually, some of your colleagues will drift away from you at mealtime and coffee breaks.

Worse still, your negative outlook will keep you near the bottom of the organizational chart. Why? Companies want leaders who are supportive, cheerful, and looking for the best in others.

TWO: Frequently gossip is not true.

Usually gossip does not equate to "gospel truth." Gossip spreaders enjoy circulating rumors based on suppositions and suspicion. So when you get involved with what might not be factual, you are supporting dishonest dialogue. That's disastrous for your image.

THREE: Gossip is not necessarily confidential.

A co-worker tells us, "Now you can be sure this is just between you and me, OK?" No, that is not OK, because the person who is telling you this has probably said the same thing to a half-dozen other team members.

Be aware also that when the gossiping employee talks to someone else, he or she is very likely to quote what you said-despite the promise of secrecy.

FOUR: The person who gossips with you will gossip about you.

What guarantees that you are immune from becoming the victim of gossip when you have listened to the office naysayer and shared your comments? Nothing. Once you give that person your ear and your words, you can become the next target.

FIVE: Gossip destroys group morale

And when morale takes a nose dive, the CEO will start asking questions until she identifies the employees who spread rumors, accusations, assumptions, and character assassination. That could lead to a reprimand-or worse, to a dismissal.


There are two simple ways to kill gossip and thereby protect your career.

First, when your workplace's caustic critic launches into a barrage of nasty statements about a colleague, simply say: "Please don't say any more about Jim. He is a team member I respect greatly. He has supported me and cooperated with me ever since the company brought me on board. I choose not to talk about him unless you have something affirmative to share now."

Second, insist on documentation. "You are saying that Ellen has been involved in illegal handing of our accounts. Before we talk about this any further, I want you to bring me a list of specific transactions and their dates. When you do that, I will consider your evidence carefully."

Use these two gossip killers, and you will keep your career safe from slanderous sabotage.

Bill Lampton, Ph.D.--"Biz Communication Guy"--taught communication at the University of Georgia. Then he spent twenty-two years in management at the vice presidential level, where he saw firsthand the damaging impact of gossip on corporations and careers. He serves clients as a communication consultant, speech coach, and keynote speaker. His top-tier client list includes Gillette, Duracell, Procter & Gamble, Celebrity Cruises, and the Ritz-Carlton Cancun. Visit his Web site:

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5 Job Search Tips for the Highly Sensitive Person

By Kimberly Fraser

Are you anxious at the thought of leaving your job but know that if you don't you'll lose your mind? Do you feel overwhelmed just thinking about interviews and resume updates? Does the thought of "Networking" make you feel so uncomfortable that you'd rather wish upon a shooting star?

For me, all the above was (and still is) true. As A Highly Sensitive Person, you are probably not a fan of the job search. Here are tips you can use today so you can get started on your search and land a job without burn out.

    Get Organized- Don't try to start anything without a system in place. For me that looks like a Trello board. I create a list for each step of the interview process. Doing this at the onset of your search will save you time and stress. You'll be able to easily see where each potential job is in your funnel clearly and easily. This will decrease the anxiety that you feel when you're overwhelmed and can't easily recall what roles you've applied to or who you spoke to.

    Limit Advice- Step away from the search engine! HSP's can become stuck in the gray area. You know, that place where you think you should make your resume stand out with color font but then again you think you should keep it classic with black font. The problem is not your ability to stand out or be creative, the problem is that you are taking in too much advice. Stick to the basics and do what has worked for you in the past. If you want to make a career change or need more information on how to nail an interview, talk to someone you trust about it and then commit to only reading 3 articles on it. Anymore and you may end up with analysis paralysis.

    Be Prepared- This is straightforward. Take time to have questions ready, do a search on your interviewer and review the company. Set a timer for 20-30 minutes, do your research and then keep it moving. HSPs need time to prepare so they can feel comfortable. Also, don't forget to have extra copies of your resume and cover letter with you, a notepad with your questions already written and of course a pen! Pick out your clothes the night before and pack a healthy snack.

    Networking 2.0- HSPs network best when they are in environments that feel more intimate. In other words, it will be a better idea if you set up many informational interviews. You want to steer clear of late night networking parties. They will likely tired you out. Here's an effective strategy that works for me: Ask your closest friends if you can search their LinkedIn network for people who you can be introduced to. They will probably say yes. Then you can set up coffee meetings with your friends' connections. Do this instead of staying out late and you'll accomplish the same goal of networking effectively.

    Rest!- I'm an introverted HSP who loves to keep busy. I have to remember to give myself permission to stop. Only you can decide when you are at your breaking point. When you get there, schedule time for yourself. It can be as simple as going to bed 30 minutes earlier or you can go big and splurge on a day at the spa. Do what makes you feel good while honoring your HSP body's wish to get some down time. You deserve it and need it.

BONUS- Automate your life. This tip saves me every time I'm running low on energy. Imagine coming home after an informational interview and seeing your laundry at your door along with your groceries. What a relief! If you want to make the most out of your job search without burning out then have someone else do your chores. As a city girl, this means my laundry, cleaning, groceries and sometimes meals are handled from an app or with a phone call. If you are not in the city then send an email blast to your friends or ask your partner or roommate for extra help. You can negotiate how often this needs to happen.

Good luck on your search!