Virtually every resume concludes with the tagline: “References Available on Request.”
May I make a suggestion? Stop! First of all, if you are not going to include references why bother to put that ridiculous comment on the resume? Do you think that if you neglected to include that tagline that the employer is going to conclude that you forbid them to check references? Do you think they will not want to interview you because you have something to hide? Believe me, if a potential employer wants references he/ she will ask for them during the interview process.
Now in my opinion including references on your resume is not a good idea. First of all, why would you volunteer information that is not asked of you? Why give the interviewer a chance to check you out before he/ she even meets you? And I have seen numerous circumstances where a hiring manager will look up your reference on LinkedIn, conclude that your reference is a better fit for the company, and contact that person directly? Don’t believe me? Call me- I’ll give you references.
In the judicial system, a deposed defendant is told never to volunteer information that is not asked of him or her. The same thing applies here. Do not put references on your resume, but be ready to eagerly volunteer them if you are deep in the interview process with a company. And please refrain from putting that ridiculous tagline at the end of your resume!
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