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University of Mississippi

Presenting Your References

During the job and internship process, typically, you will be asked to submit the names and contact information of at least three references. Here are a few key points to remember when choosing references and creating your references page:

  • Create a separate reference page using the SAME heading as your resume and cover letter.
  • List the following for each reference:
    • Name
    • Title
    • Employer
    • Work Address
    • Phone Number
    • E-mail
  • Try to stick with professional or academic references (faculty, administrators, advisors, current/former employers, coworkers, or team members) and only use personal references as a last resort.
  • Choose a person who will be able to share informed and positive comments about your character, work ethic, and potential.
  • ALWAYS ask permission before listing someone as a reference. Do so formally via e-mail and include your resume even if you discussed it in person.
  • Always remember to send a thank-you note to your references and to keep them updated on your job search.
  • Stay in touch! You never know when you might need their assistance again in the future.


Sample Reference Page