Your References

“References Furnished Upon Request”

How often have we seen a resume with this statement on the bottom? Although this is a helpful way to conclude a resume, it isn’t mandatory for you to mention such. Personally, I still like seeing this statement as it signals to me, the person doing the hiring, that if I want personal or job references from an applicant then I can get them.

Some things to consider when developing your references document:

  • Create a separate document with the same header information found on your cover letter and resume. This means your name, address, phone and cell numbers, and your email address will be listed at the top of the page. After that, you can center the word References and then list them.
  • Three references are standard, but some executives will list as many as five people.
  • When submitting references, make sure that the people listed know that you are using them as a reference. Choose only those people who know you well and can vouch for your character.
  • If your work history is young or spotty, you can substitute a neighbor or an education professional (e.g., a teacher, guidance counselor, or coach)
  • List each references name, phone number and an email address. Some people will not want you to give out their address, ask permission first.
  • Never list your references at the bottom of your resume. This information should be separate and supplied only upon request.

Although the information contained on the references document is a lot less than what is found on a cover letter or resume, the people you list can have a strong impact on whether the cruise line will hire you or not.

Select your references with care and you’ll provide the ammunition you need to secure onboard employment!

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