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Resume Reference Sample Page
Resume Reference Sample Page - What Your Reference Page Should Contain
The resume reference sample page shown below gives you a visual take on some things you can do with your references. What I have displayed is an example of an annotated reference page. Please do not get the idea that this is the only way to do this . I have simply included some ideas to help get you thinking about the possibilities.
The "Bare Bones" Resume Reference Sample Page
The essentials in this resume reserence sample page are obvious. You must provide a title, identify your references and provide appropriate contact information.
Obviously, not much helpful information is given for these references. The form is balanced, and there is probably enough information for reference questionaires to reach most of these people.
However, let's be realistic. Even if you managed to give this list following a successful interview, what do you think may happen if your interviewer failed to put your name at the top? How professional do you think this "Bare Bones" makes you look? If you were really the most outstanding interviewee, you might have just dropped to number 2 or 3 on the list.
Resume Reference Sample Page - Minimumalist Interpretation
Now, let's try this resume reference sample page again, adding a little more needed information.
At least this version identifies the professional domain of the reference. Most employers would at least have an idea of what questions to ask. But let's go a bit further and add some annotations to these references.
Resume Reference Sample Page - Annotated Version
In order to both assist the employer to categorize each reference and to add some gravitas to each reference let's add some detail.
Your annotations need to reflect:
As to grammatical construction, us verb phrase construction, with each phrase beginning with a verb and followed by a description of the references nature and degree of knowledge about you.
You will also notice on this resume reference sample page with Sally Stallweichter, the use of a complete sentence to describe what she knows about Jane. A better rendering would be: "...followed my career for 28 years; acquainted with my professional growth, my..."
Perhaps you are wondering why you should use such structure. Think in terms of parallel construction of your documents. The way you wrote your resume should be continued on your resume reference page for purposes of continuity of structure. The complete sentence is not "incorrect" but is simply not the best way to handle it, considering the other document you've submitted.
The exceptions to this premise are your cover letter and your thank you notes, which should demonstrate your mastery of the English language in a traditional format.
Now, let's consider an alternative resume reference sample page presentation...
Resume Reference Sample Page - Horizontal Arrangement
Styling Your Resume Reference Page
In addition to these structural changes for your resume reference page, you will want to make sure the graphics style and the layout of both documents look similar. You do not want to use one graphics/layout plan for your resume, another for your references page, a third style for your cover letter and something else still for your thank you notes, salary negotiations, acceptance letter and follow up correspondence.
A similar "look and feel" is important in these documents. Take the time to create a style that includes uniform titles, headers, tables, graphic accents, etc., so that your documents will have continuity and look like they came from the same source.
The choice of which stylings or layouts you use is, in most cases a matter of personal taste, within limits. However, the continuity of styles is very important. You do not want to appear scatterbrained to your potential employer. Spend the time creating a design theme you are comfortable with, and use it across your documents. Then, when you hand in your reference page, you can take comfort that instead of raising a red flag, you are actually helping yourself.
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