Should 'References Available Upon Request' be on Your Resume?

Should ‘References Available Upon Request’ be on your resume or CV?

The answer to this question is a resounding, ‘No’. If you include, ‘References Available Upon Request’, you are Instantly dating yourself. We have not put ‘References Available Upon Request’ on a resume for at least a decade. You should have your references typed up on a nice clean sheet, and you should give them to the interviewer.

Reference Available Upon Request

Who should those references be? You should have, preferably, one from your boss. I know that’s tough. Sometimes you should have one from a peer, somebody lateral to you, one from an employee, one from a vendor/supplier, and finally one from a client and/or a customer.

So there you have it. Now, you know, that references available upon request is a nonstarter. Don’t put it on your resume. You are instantly dating yourself. If you are in career transition or want to manage your career, please visit me at my LinkedIn profile or go to my website,

I am Martin Buckland and I can help you manage your career. In fact, I am passionate about helping you reach your career goals. I have an offer for you, a free resume critique, and a LinkedIn audit. I will give you 30 minutes of my time, no obligation, no sales pitch, to go through your LinkedIn and your resume from top to bottom. However I will tell you, I am tough. I say it as it is, I’m realistic because you only get one kick at the can. You want to remove all those red flags and you want to go from A to B in the fastest possible way. I will tell you how to eliminate all those red flags and have a bank of green flags. That means you will sail through your job search and through your career transition. Are you interested? If so, email me your resume on LinkedIn, or send it to me by clicking on the button below. I’d be happy to help you. Cheers!

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