Sample Job Reference List

Sample job reference list for job seekers. When a prospective employer asks you for your list of references you should have one ready to give them.

These sample professional reference list templates will help you organize your reference information in the proper format.

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The first question a job seeker asks about employment references is:

Who should I include in my reference list?

You should organize about 3 to 5 professional references that can provide valid details about your job-related skills.

Think about people who will make the right sort of recommendations for you. These individuals are likely to be contacted directly by a potential employer and need to be ready to answer common reference check questions. Use these selection criteria for references to help you choose the right references.

Once you have decided on who you want to include in your reference list you need to obtain their permission. These individuals need to be prepared to answer questions about you and know what to expect.

You can use this sample job reference letter to ask the person to act as a reference for you.

If they are happy to act as a reference make sure you get their correct and complete details for your list. These include:

  • full name
  • current job title
  • company name
  • street address
  • city, state, zip code
  • contact number
  • email address

What is a Professional Reference?

Sample Job Reference List 1

Henry Roper
654 Eton Road
Rochester, New York 14663
584 665 3456


Mr Jack Liebenberg
Senior Sales Manage
National Equipment Inc
27 Crystal Place
Rochester, NY 14613

Ms Therese Mouton
General Manager
Sands Corporation
4 First Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610

Mr Andrew Bester
Customer Service Manager
Nolloth Insurance
234 State Road
Willamsville, NY 14221

Ms Justine Thomas
Sales Director
Abacus Corporation
41 Dunston Lane
Brentwood, NY 11717

Sample Job Reference List 2

It can be very useful to identify the reference's relationship to you. This helps the prospective employer decide which references to contact.

Sally Jones
65 Roux Road
Rochester, NY 14663


Ms Kerry Yale, Business Development Manager, HiTech Corporation
55 Greenside Plaza
Rochester, NY 14613
584 634 9034

Ms Yale was my direct supervisor from 2018 - 2022

Mr George Hunter, Marketing Manager, HiTech Corporation
55 Greenside Plaza
Rochester, NY 14613
584 634 9034

I worked closely with Mr Hunter on a number of projects from 2019 - 2022

Dr Don Gordon, Associate Professor, Lubin School of Business
Pace University
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570

I was a student of Dr Gordon's from 2015-2018

Mrs Linda Home, Store Manager, Macys Department Store
100 Main Street
White Plains, NY 10601
583 946 5015

Mrs Home was my manager when I worked part-time at Macys 2016

When should I present my reference list?

Only give the list to a potential employer when you are asked for it.

Avoid submitting references with your resume, rather state "References available on request". Include the references list in your portfolio to hand over when requested during the job interview.

Most employers will only contact references after an initial screening of the job candidate. It is time-consuming and is generally used as part of the final hiring decision.

Should I include my reference list with my resume?

It is advisable to include a resume reference page only if you are specifically requested to send it with your resume or job application.

Professional Resume Reference List

How to email references after an interview

If the interviewer has asked you to forward a list of job references, it is important to do this as quickly as possible after your job interview. Your reference list should be included as an attachment with your interview follow up email

You can use the format provided in the sample job reference list above. Just insert your own details in the professional reference list template you choose.

Be ready for other employment checks

Know what sort of employment background checks the employer is likely to conduct. For a full list of background employment checks go to Employment Screening

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