How to add references to your resume?

References usually don't belong on your resume. Usually.

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Written by Kick
Updated over a week ago

People don't usually include references in their resumes. It's very uncommon. But under certain circumstances, you might still want to do it.

When should you put references on your resume?

  • If the job listing asks for references.

  • If your reference is someone well-known in the company or industry.

  • If you’re a fresh graduate.

  • If you’re a freelancer.

  • If there’s an employment gap on your resume.

What's the best way to include references on a resume?

It comes down to contact details and a short introduction. Don't forget to include these details.

  • Reference name

  • Reference position

  • Reference company

  • Reference address

  • Reference phone number or email address

  • Reference description including where you worked together, when you worked together and your working relationship. (optional)

For more information, check our article How to Get References for Your Resume? or our Career Center.

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