Many people will include references on their resume. They’re usually listed at the bottom of the page, or on a separate sheet included with the resume. While people that do this may think it adds credibility to their job search, it really doesn’t. Unless you are looking for a domestic position where references are expected with the initial contact, you should save that information for later in the interview process.
Employers seeking someone to fill a position will almost never contact a listed reference before speaking with the job candidate in person at a job interview. They will only want to verify their opinion that you are a good candidate for the job after the interview.
The usual way to present your references is on a separate sheet of paper at the end of the first interview. Have several copies in case you are interviewed by more than one person. On this sheet you should include your contact information at the top, just like on your resume. Then list three or four references.
You can use this format:
Email address (optional)
Remember, only three or four, and make sure at least two of them are business references. You can also indicate if any of the references should be contacted at times other than regular business hours. It should go without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that the people you include should be aware that you are including them on your reference sheet.
One additional note: some people will include a line on their resume stating that references are available upon request. Although that line is not necessary, it’s won’t hurt anything to have it there, so it’s really your preference.
So, take the references off of your resume and put them where they belong; on your Reference Sheet. It’s a much more professional presentation.