A reference page is something you want to have prepared to provide employers during your job interview. Don’t include the reference list when you send your resume or list references on your resume. Also, do not put “References Available Upon Request” at the bottom of your resume.
Your reference page should include three to six people. Generally, if using six references, you want to include three personal references and three professional references. Professional references could be a former supervisor, your current boss (but ONLY if that boss knows you’re looking for another job), colleagues in your field, or people you have worked with in the past. If you are a new graduate and don’t have any professional references, contact an old professor, group leader that you have worked with, someone you volunteered with, or head of an organization you were involved with on campus. Other good references might include prominent people who know you, such as an attorney, a banker, a doctor, a member of the clergy, or a local business owner.
Always ask before offering someone’s name as a job reference. Those who agree to serve as references almost always give a better recommendation than those who are not asked. Those who are NOT asked are often caught off guard. Be sure when you ask them that you get their most up-to-date contact information, including phone number, address, email (optional), employer and title. It is also a good idea to send them a copy of your resume