Reference List Guide and Salary History List

References available upon request? Sure! Use this guide to create your reference and salary history documents, and you'll be ready when someone pops the question.

Reference List Guide
  1. The Reference List uses the same type of header as your resume, with your name, address and contact information.
  2. You should not type “References Available upon Request” at the bottom of your resume. Just have a Reference List typed up and ready to hand out if requested.
  3. The font is a standard serif type and is consistent with the font used on the resume.
  4. The second line says "Reference List" or "List of References" to identify the document.
  5. The Reference List should be only one page, with 3-4 references listed.
For each entry, the following information should be provided:
Name of Reference
Current Position/Title
Current Employer/Company
City, State, Zip Code of Employer
Phone Number
E-mail Address
Relationship to you: supervisor, co-worker, team leader, etc.
Salary Requirements Guide
Salary Requirements in Cover Letter: When salary requirements are requested, you have a little more flexibility. One option is to state that your salary requirements are negotiable based upon the position and the overall total compensation package, including benefits. Another alternative is to include a range, based on the salary research you've done, i.e. my salary requirement is in the $35,000 - $45,000 range.
Salary History List: If the job posting requires the submission of a salary history list, create it using the below format for each job you have listed on your resume.
Salary History List: Example
Your Name
City, State Zip
Phone, Cell Phone
Salary History List:
Benefit Representative
Medical Hospital, New York, NY
12/2005 - Present
Annual Salary: $40,000
Account Analyst
Medical Hospital, New York, NY
1/2003 - 11/2005
Annual Salary: $35,000
Account Analyst
4/1999 - 12/2002
Children's Hospital, New York, NY
Annual Salary: $35,000
Salary Requirements:
$35,000 – $40,000