I am often asked about references. Should my references be presented at the end of my resume? Should I present them on a separate sheet? Exactly when do I present them to an employer?

For years, references have been placed directly on a ministry candidate’s resume. This practice was put in place before society became technology driven and is sometimes still followed today. So what about your references?

For religious (faith-based) resumes, your references should be placed on a separate sheet that matches the formatting of your resume. This should be delivered along with your presentation portfolio – Resume, Pastoral Summary (philosophy of ministry, belief statement testimony), Cover Letter and Reference Sheet.

Before you use a friend or colleague as a reference, make sure the people you have chosen can attest to your abilities – professionally or within the ministry. Your best friend since elementary or high school may have wonderful things to say about you but do they relate to how you perform on the job?

A note about secular, professional resumes – references are rarely, if ever, placed on a professional resume.

Your resume presents an employer with information related to how well you perform your job, gets you noticed and wins you interviews. After the interview, the quality of your references (ability to discuss your work-related abilities) can help you land the job.

Take the time to vet your references. Make sure they know you as well as you believe they do. Family and friends may have nice things to say about you but will they tip the scale from great person to solutions provider for the job you are seeking?

One other note about references. Don’t waste valuable space on your resume by stating “references available upon request”. Most employers know you can supply references. The key is to be proactive and prepare before hand.

If you have questions or need help, Breakthrough Resume Writing Service is a virtual (online) business that offers assistance to people from around the globe. From the privacy of your own home, you can contact Tammy at awordpro@aol.com.

About the Author:

Tammy Shoup, Executive Director and Head Writer of Breakthrough Résumés, is among a small number of professional résumé writers in the U.S. who has earned the title of Certified Professional Résumé Writer from the Professional Association of Résumé Writers / Career Coaches.

Shoup is also a member of the National Résumé Writers’ Association and Career Directors International. Her activity in both organizations ensures that her knowledge of industry and employment trends remains current. It also indicates her dedication to continuing education in her industry. Her work is published in both JIST and Barron’s career books. Please review Shoup’s information at www.breakthroughrésumés.com or www.tammyshoup.com or inquire directly to Tammy Shoup at awordpro@aol.com

Wishing you the best in your job search campaign! †