References should not be provided without being asked for them UNLESS you have several that you can count on to be savvy enough to present the appropriate skills to the appropriate employers consistently.
It is preferable to be able to notify your references that they will be called (many people do not answer calls from unknown callers), the position for which you are applying, and the skills that you would like them to highlight.
If you only provide references when asked, you will also know when an employer is checking with your references and be able to ensure your references will answer the phone!
Prepare and carry with you a Reference Page with three to five references listed below your name and contact information. (via http://www.effective-résumé -writing.com/résumé -reference-sample-page.html)
123 Washington Avenue
Homewood, Illinois 12345
Shorewood Manufacturing, Inc.
123 East Muncie Avenue
Shorewood, Illinois 12345
Ace Hospital Supplies, Inc.
789 Tanaka Circle
Freeport, Illinois 12345
William T. Gannon, Shop Supervisor
Rail Cars Express
900 Smithton Street
Seaside, California 12345
Another thing to consider is verifying your employment information with past employers.
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