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How to Email a Reference List

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A good reference list is an indispensable part of the job search process. Your references can make or break your chances of getting a job. Make sure your references are easy to contact and will speak highly and accurately of your job performance. To make it easier on prospective employers, it is a good idea to compose a separate reference sheet. You can then print it out or email it to employers who request references.

Open up a word processing document. Put your name, address, telephone number and email address at the top, in the same format and font as they appear on your resume.

For each reference, list his name, your relationship, his company's name, address, telephone number and email address. Provide four to six references. Save this file as "YourName_REFERENCES.doc."

Write a short and polite note in the body of your email to the prospective employer, saying something like "Here are the references you requested. Thank you." Below your signature, paste the contents of the reference file. Attach the file to the email and send it off with a simple and descriptive subject line such as "References."


Both copy-pasting and attaching the file gives the employer the option to save the file for later, print it neatly for his files or just read it right then and there.