Reference Sheet Layout

Your reference sheet is a very important part of your completed resumé package. Much like the resumé and cover letter, it must be well composed and contain accurate, reliable and current information. In this exercise, we will review the important points and supporting reasons for having a well-written reference sheet.

Identification Data
Include your name, address, and phone number(s) (including area code) and don't forget your e-mail address. After all, you need to show that you are Internet-savvy.

101 Francis Place San Francisco, CA 94101
(415) 666-2222

Often times we receive reference sheets from persons who have failed to put their personal information atop the document. If a busy Human Resources person finds your reference sheet has been separated from your other materials and the owner isn't clearly identified, chances are good it will be discarded.

List at least three, but no more than five, professional contacts who are familiar your work ethic and abilities. Keep in mind that the employer is only interested in identifying contacts to whom you were a subordinate. It is vitally important that these contacts are willing to communicate in a positive manner on your behalf.


John Smith - Current Immediate Supervisor
Director of Customer Service
(feel free to contact)

Sally Forth - Immediate Supervisor for Two Years
Customer Service Supervisor
(415) 555-2756

John Varnos - Former Manager at Park Perk Café
Restaurant Manager
Le Bec Fin
(p) (415) 555-2384
(f) (415) 555-2383

Contacts with whom you have a non-professional relationship.


Gladys Kravitz - Landlord for 7 years
(415) 555-6897

Nancy Drew, MD- Doctor for 20 years
(415) 555-5568

Reference Sheet Footer
It is important that your contacts are up-to-date and can be reached. At that bottom of your reference sheet, you should include a footnote stating:

Last Updated on [mm/dd/yyyy].

Click here to see an example of a completed reference sheet.