Template to Create a Basic Job Reference Sheet

Trying to create a job reference sheet for a potential employer? Here's a basic Job Reference Sheet Template you can use. Just copy the text, paste it into a Word document, and away you go!

Tips for Creating a Job Reference Sheet

Here are a few things to remember when you list your references:

  • Ask each of your referees (the people you want to list on your reference sheet) if they would agree to speak to potential employers about your qualifications. Don't list anyone you haven't gotten permission from.
  • List your professional references first, then references from your personal life. Both professional and personal references are good, as each type will be able to speak to different aspects of your qualifications. As a rule, a member of your immediate family should not be listed as a reference.
  • There's no hard and fast rule about how many references to list. Five is a good number (three professional and two personal) but it varies from person to person. Try to have a total of at least three and no more than eight.
  • Dates are optional for your professional references. If you include dates, list your references in reverse-chronological order (most recent first). If you do not include dates, list them in best-reference-first order. That way, if the potential employer calls only the first one, he or she will get the best recommendation.

Template for a Basic Job Reference Sheet

Your Name
Your address
Your email
Your phone number

REFERENCES

Name of person serving as your professional reference
Contact information
How this person knows you (e.g., former supervisor at ABC Company, 20xx-xx) (dates are optional)

Name of person serving as your professional reference
Contact information
How this person knows you (e.g., former supervisor at DEF Company, 20xx-xx) (dates are optional)

Name of person serving as your professional reference
Contact information
How this person knows you (e.g., former co-worker at FGH Company, 20xx-xx) (dates are optional)

Name of person serving as your personal reference
Contact information
How this person knows you (e.g., family friend for 20 years; can talk about my education and character)

Name of person serving as your personal reference
Contact information
How this person knows you (e.g., President of Rotary Club; can discuss my community involvement and leadership ability)

Job reference tip: When you ask your professional references for permission to list them on your job reference sheet, ask if they would like you to send them your current resume. They may like to use it as a cheat-sheet to help them remember all the good things you did while working for them.

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