As a Career Consultant in the golf and turf industries, I often receive questions about Career References and their importance in this particular field of work. I compiled answers to the top questions we receive about References. Remember, the primary goal in conducting a job search is to set yourself apart, and References can play a key role in this effort.
Should I send References with my resume? Yes. We strongly recommend sending a reference list with your resume. The golf industry is known for being a tight knit community of turf professionals and being very well-connected. Superintendents have a strong network and if there is any chance the reader knows someone on your references list, it can be a huge help in getting your foot in the door.
Who should I include in my References? We recommend three to five listings. Think of your career from all aspects – agronomy and turf conditioning, leadership, financial management, staff management, budgeting, customer/member relations, facility contributions, renovations/construction. A reference list is not just a list of past supervisors. Select references who can speak to various aspects of your professional career. Your reference list may change depending upon the target audience. For example, if you are seeking a role in constructing a new golf course, you would want to ideally list someone who can directly authenticate your experience in renovations or construction, such as a contractor or architect etc. If your target audience is not interested in your construction background, you may choose to use other references instead. Remember your Reference list is strategic based upon what you think the reader is seeking.
What does a Reference list look like? It is typically an extra page at the end of a resume, with the same font and formatting as the resume. I recommend listing each reference along with their title, company, address, email, best phone number to reach them, and if necessary an explanation of how you worked with them.