Nearly half of all employers research job candidates online. One great resource that you can utilize to promote a positive online presence and get your qualifications out there, is LinkedIn. Your LinkedIn profile can be an important supplement to your resume. This website serves as a professional social media outlet, where you can connect with people, organizations, jobs, and news, all within a professional setting. Spend a little time reviewing the numerous tips and resources created to help students get started at LinkedIn for Students.
References should not be included on your resume, nor should you list “references available upon request” as this can be assumed. When employers ask for references, they are asking for the contact information for individuals who can provide further insight into you as a worker. Your list of references should include three to five individuals who know you professionally or academically, such as a supervisor, professor, coach, or advisor. These individuals should be listed on a separate document, formatted similar to your resume, and include each person’s name, job title, organization name, phone, and email.
To be polite, remember to ask permission prior to listing someone as a reference and to make sure that he or she will give a positive reference. Additionally, it is beneficial to notify your references prior to an interview that they may be contacted, and provide them with a copy of your resume and the job description.