List of Referees

Contact all referees before including them on a list. If possible, meet with them (or talk to them on the phone) so you can inform them about the specific position and highlight the reasons why you are an excellent candidate. Do not give the names of people who do not know your work, or who have not agreed to be named.

It is helpful if your referees do not come from the same institution. If you can’t avoid this, try to at least include people from different departments. Senior people will carry much more weight that junior people.

Speak to your advisor about your choice of referees. He/She may be able to suggest colleagues to include, or suggest people who will write supportive letters.