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
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.