Chicago State University


Your reference list of three to five individuals should be on a separate document that is readily accessible to provide to an employer, if asked. You want to think about your relationship with each person and how well you worked with each other. Also, keep in mind how that person would explain your qualities to a potential employer. These considerations are important because you want a reference to accurately and effectively emphasize your strengths.

Each reference listed should include:

  • Name
  • Title/Position
  • Company
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Relationship to You (i.e. Supervisor, Professor, Advisor, etc.)

Examples of people you can use as a reference are:

  • Current or Former Supervisor
  • Teacher or Professor
  • Advisor
  • Colleague