Resume Reference Page

by Fred Pinnegar, Resume Coach and Professional Writer

The resume reference page accompanies your resume and is a list of your professional references. You should always ask permission prior to and make sure the person will say positive things about you before listing someone as a reference.


  1. Identification. Provide complete information at the top of the reference page to identify yourself. This should be exactly the same as on the resume. Include name, address, phone number, and e-mail, as well as a fax number, if you have one. Symmetrically balance the information, and make your name stand out.
  2. References. List at least three or four people who can speak in specific terms about your ability to do the job for which you are applying. Give their name, job title, full business or home address, including street address and zip code, as well as phone number. You can also include their e-mail address, with permission. Write one or two sentences to discuss how this person knows you and your work.

Mr. John Spellman, Production Supervisor
Sherman Industries
1324 Industrial Road
Cottonwood, California 84356
(309) 234-3349

Mr. Spellman was my supervisor when I worked
at Sherman Industries

Dr. John S. Wheatly, Professor of Statistics
Purdue University
2239 TCMB
Lafayette, Indiana 44990
(809) 298-4829

Dr. Wheatly was my major professor in graduate
school, and he chaired my thesis committee.