Should You Put Your Employment References As “Available Upon Request”?


As a professional CV writer based in Australia, I get asked this question all the time.

I come across many people who want to know whether they should include their job references in their CV or leave them out. Good question indeed.

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People ask this question because they are unsure whether a prospective employer or recruiter will contact their references without their prior knowledge.

Some job seekers may want to give their referees some notice to expect a call about a potential job. For these very reasons, they may choose to opt out of including their referee’s contact details in their CV.

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If an employer wants to hire you, they will approach you directly for your referees’ contact details – whether or not you decide to include them in your CV.

If, however, for some unknown reason, a prospective employer decides to contact your references without your knowledge, it may catch your references off-guard.

Because of this, it makes sense to notify your references first before sending out your CV that they may receive a call from an employer, but you’ll try to let them know first when to expect a call.

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The other option is to include the names and basic details of your references, but leave out their contact numbers and email addresses. You can then have a sentence at the bottom stating that their contact details will be made available request.

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Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog matthewcoppola.com

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