Why is "references upon request" so common in resumes?
March 29, 2009 11:08 AM Subscribe
In my middle management position at a non-profit, I get to see a good amount of resumes pass over my desk for various positions in my department. Why is it so common for job applicants to place "References Upon Request" at the bottom of the resume?
posted by RajahKing to Work & Money (22 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Seems to me that anyone applying for a professional, salaried position would expect that, after a good enough interview, they would be asked for references. I would not hire someone without at least a nominal reference check, and I would not hire someone who told me they had no references. So why is it so important to explicitly let the interviewer know they have references?
I feel like its as useful as writing "I will attend a second interview upon request." But I am not in HR so maybe someone knows (I asked my HR, they don't know, but then again they don't know much at all.)
Yeah I know this is a really, really important question.