Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A Reference Guide to References!

The Right Way To Present Your References

You are a dental assistant looking for work. You register for FREE on, upload your dental resume, then having successfully finished, you put the lid down on your laptop, and go to walk the dog…

But hold on, come back just a minute – Fido will have to wait.

Yes, your resume is great…except for the last line: “References Available Upon Request”. I’m really glad you have references – they are an important part of a job search, but that line does NOT belong on a resume, so please remove it.

Think about it this way: most employers WILL ask you for a list of references on their own, without you telling them that you have them available. I mean, what’s the alternative? You’re surely not going to put on your resume, “References NOT Available Upon Request” – that’s just plain silly and not too wise. And if you delete your original ‘references’ line entirely, dental employers aren’t going to assume you have no references…

The ‘References’ component in a job search needs to be handled separately from your resume; in fact, references have nothing to do with what’s on your resume, and they therefore deserve their own space, so create a ‘References’ page.

The format for your ‘References’ page should resemble the same as the one for your resume; same font, spacing, letter sizes, etc. Your references should be separately numbered – three references should be a sufficient number.

For each reference, you should list their name, job title, company where they work, address, phone number and email address. Your best reference(s) should be at the top of your ‘Reference’ page.

Okay, you got that? Great! Just one more thing…

Do yourself a favor and please, please let each of the references you’ve chosen to attest to your character, work ethic and personality KNOW that you are using them as a reference. This achieves a couple of things: one, it is common courtesy (and they can always decline – be ready for this, because it could happen), and two, if a perspective employer should contact a reference, at least they have received the head’s up to expect communication, and therefore, they can prepare for the interaction.

I hope this has cleared up some of the quagmire regarding references. We at wish you luck on your dental job search, and remember to register TODAY on, upload your resume and receive dental jobs daily, FREE!