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References should be people who can critique your performance in past employment, education or community activities, such as: supervisors, professors, volunteer coordinators, advisors, or coaches. Unless specified, three to five contacts are typical for a reference sheet.


  • References should be professional or academic references - do not use parents or close personal friends
  • Ask for permission before using someone as a reference, ask them what they might say to a potential employer about you
  • Only submit references to employers when they are requested
  • Let your references know you are in a job search, so they can be prepared if they are contacted

Sample Reference Page

Letters of Recommendation

  • Choose individuals who are most familiar with your academic performance or research abilities and interests. Faculty members would be a first choice, followed by mentors, coaches, supervisors, etc.
  • Meet with those you select and provide a copy of your resume and a description of the opportunity.

    •  Recommendation letters take time to compose, request them well in advance of deadlines.

  • Email or write a note of thanks to those individuals who write your letters.

Note: Letters of recommendation are not required for co-ops, internships, or jobs unless specifically requested.

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