Supporting Material

Supporting Material

Some industries or employers require additional job application materials in addition to a resume. These supplemental materials might include:

  • Writing samples
  • Portfolio of completed projects
  • Relevant letters of recommendation
  • Listings of published work or formal presentations
  • Academic transcripts

For short supplemental documents, follow the same guidelines as for your resume and use the same or similar paper and font style. For longer documents, such as letters written on your behalf by someone else, or samples of your work, you do not need to use resume paper or use the same font as in your resume. You will, however, want all documents to be presented as legibly as possible. If photocopied, be sure the document is neat, centered on the page, and legible.


Leave references off the resume and create a separate page that includes the name, title, business address and phone numbers of three to five references. There is no standard format for this page. Just be consistent in the format for each reference listed. Faculty members, former employers, business or community leaders, and people employed in your field make excellent references.

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