Most employers will request a list of references (as opposed to a letter of recommendation) so that they can contact your references by phone or e-mail. You may be asked to send the list after your interview; however, if asked for a list in person, be prepared with a hardcopy on an 8 ½" x 11" sheet of quality bond paper (preferably the same paper used for your resume and cover letter).
• Always ask permission prior to listing a reference.
• The average number of references listed is three (though it usually doesn’t hurt to have one or two more in mind).
• Alert your references if you expect that they will be receiving a call. A well-informed reference can speak more directly about your skills as they relate to the position at hand.
• Inform your references of your acceptances, offers, and declines, and be sure to thank them if they speak to an employer or graduate school on your behalf.
Ms. Kellie Provost-Brown
Ms. Lynda Garow Grossman