Do you include references with a resume or bring them
to a job interview?
This is an age old question that many before you have asked,
and many more will continue to ask.
Most career counsellors today will advise you not to include
references. Why? Employers may be biased by talking to your
reference before you are interviewed. You want to control access
to information about your past performance until after you have
On the other hand, if the employer wants to talk to your references
before your interview, they will want to see your references
with your resume. They may not even bother to contact or interview
you if they don't have references. Also, if you know your references
will give you a good reference it doesn't matter if they are
contacted before or after the interview.
So as with anything else to do with the world of searching
for work, the choice is yours.
If you chose not to include references with your resume, put
a statement something like this in the reference section or
at the bottom of your resume:
Going for an interview is a different story. When you go to
a job interview you should have a list of references prepared.
The reference list should include: