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I have been looking for a job and as a result I have been refining me resume. What is an appropriate number of references to put on my resume?

asked Jun 06 '10 at 21:14

rrm74001's gravatar image


I'd put as many as you can without making it look stupid. Use common sense and you should be fine.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 21:15

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Liam Quade

How many references should you include? Here is the answer from Career Expert Laura DeCarlo, executive director of Career Directors International.

Keep your reference list format to two or three references. "Three is what most companies are looking for," DeCarlo said. Listing more references than that doesn't necessarily give you a leg up, she said, and listing too many names may overwhelm an employer. A format for a reference page of a resume should be clean and simple.

Be selective. In handing over references, DeCamp said, remember you're interviewing the employer as much as they're interviewing you. Collect information from the employer first, so you can target who your references will be, she said.

This advice comes from an interview with career experts entitled "How to Put References in a Resume" by PayScale. You can read the article at http://blogs.payscale.com/content/2007/05/how_to_put_refe.html.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 21:15

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None. Provide three when asked for them.

answered Jun 06 '10 at 21:15

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YAGNI? =] [character limit]

(Jun 06 '10 at 21:19) strager strager's gravatar image
  1. YAGNI
  2. They spend 30 seconds reviewing the average resume. Make it count.
  3. I don't even say available upon request. If they've interviewed anyone in their lives, they'll assume that much.
(Jun 06 '10 at 21:22) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image
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