Professional resume writers know what to leave in and leave out of a resume. We never include references or the phrase “references available on request.” If an ad or application specifically asks for references, include them in your cover email or letter or in the official application. You do not want your references to be surprised by calls from every company you apply to, and you do not want to take up valuable space on your resume by telling companies what they already know: references are always available on request.
As a professional resume writer, I am saddened when a job applicant uses a resume to explain a lack of skill or a job loss. I understand that a new job hunter may be unsure of his or her skills or that someone who is recently downsized may be in pain. But a resume should celebrate abilities and achievements. It should not be a list of excuses and apologies.
Please call or email me. As a professional resume writer, I can guide you in deciding what information belongs on your resume and what you should leave off. I know how to showcase the value that you bring to a company—and help you believe in yourself.