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First, ask your former supervisors and managers if you could use them as a reference. (A reference is someone an employer will call to make sure that your resume is truthful.) Once you have permission from 3 professional references, you are ready to begin writing your reference sheet.
Merlin explained to Arthur that references should not be put on the resume—you should never write a reference list on your resume—rather a separate professional references list should be created. Additionally, it is now antiquated to put “References Available Upon Request” on your resume. Instead, the employer will ask you for a reference sheet directly during an interview.
Thus, to prepare a resume reference sheet, use the same reference list as the people who wrote a letter of recommendation. And, preferably, select references that were supervisors and managers rather than coworkers, as it would give the reference sheet more credibility.
This is how a reference sheet is done:
Use the same Contact Information header as in your resume. Then, below is the formula for a references sheet:
[Job Title], [Company Name]
[Company’s Street Address]
[Company’s City], [Company’s State] [Company’s Zip Code]
[Reference’s Phone Number]
Arthur's Sample Job Reference Sheet Example
The next thing Merlin told Arthur to do as he began job searching was establish a routine. This is very important, because routine would ensure that he would survive the long, dangerous trek through the Job Search Jungle. To establish a routine:
Merlin explained the importance of selecting a Job Title. A Job Title is a specific type of job—in Arthur's case, a Dragon Slayer. A Job Title is what helps you not get lost in the Job Search Jungle.
Now having his Job Title, Dragon Slayer, Merlin instructed Arthur to write out a list of different words to describe the title. For example:
Merlin explained that other titles can have different names as well.
Merlin told Arthur to use his list of Job Titles when searching online for jobs. That way, he would make sure that he wasn’t missing other opportunities because the employer posted the job under another Job Title.
Merlin also told Arthur to get started collecting letters of recommendation. Ask the same managers, supervisors, professors, and coworkers (that you will ask for a reference) for a letter of recommendation. Be sure to tell them what fields of work for which you will apply. Ask them to write the letter so it is flexible for multiple positions. Thank them and get them a small gift for writing one.
Taking regular breaks every two hours is important. It allows you to be more productive and ensures that the work you do is of higher quality.
Make sure not to look for any “job.” Time and time again we see job seekers coming in, desperate, saying that they want “any job.” By trying to apply for everything, they get nothing. Choose a specific Job Title for which you are qualified.