Here’s a sample job reference page based on our Standard Job Reference Template. There are a few things to notice about this reference sheet:
- Each reference person’s name is in bold type, so it stands out like a section heading, making it easy to find when the employer gets on the phone with that reference.
- When Jonathan (not his real name) listed phone numbers, he also gave good times to call. He didn’t have to do that, but he did it because he wanted to make it convenient for both parties and reduce the chance of them having to play phone tag.
- Although most employers conduct their reference checks via phone, Jonathan also gave email addresses for his references, just in case using email was preferred.
- After each entry, Jonathan wrote a brief statement to explain what aspect of his experience or character the potential employer might ask about when speaking with that reference. This helped ensure that the best topics are discussed — ones that highlight Jonathan’s strongest skills and attributes.
Example of a Standard Job Reference Page
Take a look at Jonathan’s job reference page to see all of these points in action. If you’d like to make a reference page like Jonathan’s, you can copy the template he used, paste it into your Word document, and replace the template text with your own.