References on your resume
In case you do decide to put them on, here are my suggestions:
> Make sure the people mentioned have had some influence over your professional life in the past 5 years. People change, and if you did not make an impression on anybody in the last 5 years, you probably should not list your references.
> Please ensure your references can talk about you. You as an individual, as a team member, as a leader, as a change agent etc.
Your temperament, your strengths, your weaknesses etc.
I know what you are thinking, very few people can talk about you this way.
More reason to ensure the ones you list are known to you well, and they know you very well too!
> Ensure your references have something to do with you, professionally.
Either they were mentoring you, or you were reporting to them, or they were a client/supplier, or you worked on a project with them. listing people who seem to be well placed or of high station, but you only know them socially is unacceptable.
> They should know, they are on your reference list.
Also, please ask the head hunter/company to inform you before contacting your references. Call them and let them know that they can expect a call on your behalf.I cannot tell you the number of times, I have apologized for calling somebody, because I was told, they were unaware of being 'references'.
> The point is a repeat, but I will put it down. Please do check what personal details your references would like to be mentioned. I have had people sending me resumes, with cell numbers of the CEO of the company they worked for. This may not be appreciated.
> Your principal /faculty from college is a good reference only if you are a fresher. They have not seen you work, hence they will not be able to add to much to that part of you.