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๐Ÿ’ป Many companies will check references in todayโ€™s competitive employment market.

However, is a reference list critical in a rรฉsumรฉ? Will it make or break the employment decision? If so, how many should you have on hand?

To help determine how many references to includeโ€”or not to includeโ€”on a resume, we asked several experts to discuss their insights.

๐Ÿ™…My take:

Keep your references on a separate document because of security, spam, and hacking risks.

Privacy is important, and having other peopleโ€™s personal information can be a way for hackers to take advantage of that data.

Regarding the reference document, it should list the following:

A few lines about what they can say about you and your work as an employee

Remember, recruiters want former managers, not friends or colleagues.

They are trying to vet your candidacy, and an important step is finding out the type of employee you were in your previous roles.

At a minimum, when they call your former company for verification, they are allowed to find out the dates you worked, the roles you were in, and the reason you left.

Not every job will require you to have references listed, and unless itโ€™s stated in the description, you should avoid using them. However, when needed, the number should be based on the position and the company youโ€™re applying to.

Jobs requiring handling confidential or sensitive information usually require more checks and references than others. To make a better assessment, ask yourself if the position requires many people to vouch for you? or would one of your former managers suffice?

That said, the sweet spot between too many or too few is three references per job application.

You cannot just list friends or family members as references because it looks unprofessional. Make sure the people you list can vouch for you as a professional and comment about your skillset.

I recommend you use a mix between former coworkers and managers, so your potential employer has a broader range of information about you as a professional.

If you donโ€™t have experience, itโ€™s okay to list teachers, mentors or advisors provided theyโ€™re relevant to the position youโ€™re applying to.

Ensure the information you list about your reference is pertinent to the positions. You need to provide your potential employer with enough information for them to cross-reference and fact checks your list, but donโ€™t over-share.

Start by highlighting their full name, the company they worked at, and their position.

One of the most critical parts of a reference list is to emphasize their professional relationship with you and how they can provide information about it.

In such a data-driven world, itโ€™s better to make sure youโ€™re protecting the information. Since your rรฉsumรฉ should be concise, your references should be on a separate document you can provide the company youโ€™re applying to should they ask.

Make sure you ask consent from your references before even listing them, not only as a courtesy but also because they are prepared to talk about you if they get a random call.

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