I get a lot of questions about how to handle references on a resume and during the job search process. As I've written about before, it is not a good idea to list references – or even the phrase “references available upon request” – on your resume. Here is why.
First off, if a potential employer wants to see your references, they will ask for them. In the modern employment landscape, employers know that you will provide references, if needed. No need to state the obvious. Once requested, You can provide them on a separate document (after you have let your references know that they should expect to be contacted). Use the space you save by leaving “references available upon request” off of your resume to include one more accomplishment.
Another reason behind leaving references off of your resume is equally as important. Your references have entrusted you with their personal contact information. If you list those details on your resume, than you will essentially be broadcasting them across the Internet when you upload your resume to career websites. Honor the trust your references have placed in you by only providing their information to potential employers who have specifically requested it.