A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Writing a resume is just one of those things that make people feel that extra dose of pressure. After all, that little piece of paper actually means the difference between getting a job and not getting a job so it is plain to see why it is something people stress over. Another thing that proves rather tricky about resumes is that being concise is a must and people don’t really do concise very well especially if they are writing resumes and want to wow hiring managers.
A lot of attention is usually given to what to put in the beginning of the resume and how to format the first pages but what people do not realize is that even the way a resume is ended counts for a lot. First impressions are important but what you write or do not write at the end of your resume can make or break you.
What Is the Big Deal?
As mentioned earlier, each and every part of your resume is as important as the other and you want to make sure your ending is just as impressive as your opening. You may wonder what the big deal is about ending a resume but if you potential career was on the line, you would be wondering too, right?
There has long been a debate about the subject of references and how they are to be presented. Some people say it is perfectly okay to list “references available upon request” at the end of the sample while others say it is better to include an actual list of references and their contact details. It is easier to just jot down “references available upon request” especially when you can’t think of nay people to use as references in the first place but is it the right thing to do?
To Write or Not to Write References
Including the “references available upon request” statement at the end of a resume has long been a staple since it gives allusion to the fact that you have people who will vouch for you as a person and as a worker. That statement means you are willing and ready to provide the contact details should your employer ask for them. Adding this statement is a formality since no hiring manager will actually call references unless they are considering you for a job and by then, they can just ask you for the reference details. Besides, if you do have professional contacts, do you really want to go around just giving away their contact details to every company you apply to?
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
It really is better to just keep to the “references available upon request” ending because you are not only showing professionalism but you are also showing respect to the people you have chosen to be your character references. That said, there will be times when companies will ask you to provide references and the best way to handle this is to list their names and contact details in a separate document that you pass together with your resume.