Should you include references on your CV?
In reality, references on a CV are not a necessity; it’s entirely optional, and in some cases, it is best to omit them from your CV. Let’s explore the disadvantages of adding references on your CV: References at this early stage of the application process are not required and completely irrelevant.
Is it OK to say references available upon request?
This line isn’t necessary. “Do not put ‘Reference available upon request’, or the names and contact points of the references themselves,” advises Elliot Lasson, executive director of Joblink of Maryland, Inc. “The former is understood, superfluous, and therefore just takes up valuable space.
Is it bad to put references available upon request on a resume?
Do not put on your resume, “References available upon request.” HR managers already know this and it’s a very overused phrase. Do not put the names and contact numbers of your professional references on your resume. You should be in control of your references and know who is going to call them and when.
Why are references available upon request?
Omitting references and replacing them with the phrase “references available on request” allows a CV to focus on what’s most important – why you’re qualified for the job. Including referee details on your resume means you’re committing to using these people for references.
When should I provide references?
The most common practice is for the prospective employer to ask for references later in the hiring process. This would normally happen after the employer has interviewed you and expressed interest in your candidacy.