Reference Sheet

The reference sheet is a list of people who can speak positively and accurately about you. It is given to or requested by a potential employer during the selection process for a volunteer, internship or other opportunity.  It should match the look of your resume and cover letter/letter of interest. 

Since you have listed on your resume, “References Available Upon Request,” you should have a reference sheet ready. It is a good idea to have three to five references and it is important that you contact references before you include them on your reference sheet. 

To prepare your list, find out what information your references want included on your reference sheet. For example, do they want you to use their company phone, home phone or cell phone? Work or personal email? Work or home address? Past employers, school advisors or counselors, teachers, administrators, athletic coaches or community contacts can be excellent references. Once you think your references may be about to be contacted, it is a good idea to let them know in advance, so they can be ready to speak on your behalf.

 Your reference sheet should include:

  • Three to five references
  • Your contact information (name, address, email and phone)
  • Name, position or title, company or organization, address, telephone number (home, work or cell), email
  • Relationship to you or how you know this individual


Click here for a sample reference sheet.

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