Supporting Materials

Supporting Materials

Some industries or employers may require additional job application materials including:

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

For shorter documents it is best to follow the same guidelines used for your resume, including using the same or similar font styles and paper. For longer documents, such as letters of recommendation or samples of your work, you do not need to use the same font or resume paper. You will, however, want all documents to be presented as neat and clean as possible. If photocopies are allowed, be sure the document is neat, centered on the page and legible.


Leave notation regarding references off your resume, including the phrase "References available upon request." If requested, 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 information, just be consistent in the format and information provided for each reference listed. Faculty members, former employers, business or community leaders and people employed in your field make excellent references.