Should Your Resume Include References Available Upon Request?

According to a 2010 survey of employers, the answer is NO.  You should not include a statement on your resume that references are available upon request.  In fact, including such a statement was Number 9 on the employers’ Top Ten List of Resume Mistakes.  “References available upon request” is viewed as an archaic term, and if a prospective employer wants references from you, they will indeed request them without the necessity of your including such a statement on your resume.  Also, nix the objective statement.  First, it’s not appropriate for a legal resume, but even in other employment arenas, employers find it unnecessary.  It’s too subjective and does not accurately reflect your qualifications and skill.  Use the space instead to highlight a great legal experience, including the types of documents you drafted or court proceedings you attended.  That’s a much better use of the space.