BLUF: I'm wondering how others handle requests for references up front with the submission of the cover letter and resume. Do others think that it is appropriate not to include that information? or do you think it a must since the hiring organization has asked for it?
I don't like to give out a list of references until I am at a point where my references would actually get called and I can brief them on the specific job and where I am in the interview process within a week or less of when they might be contacted. Since I tailor my resume to each job, I want my references to have that specific resume and the job description, as well as have a conversation with them about the specific job - before they are called.
While I assume that references are only being called if the organization is serious about hiring, my reference's time is precious, so I want to be careful not to distribute their names and contact information any more than absolutely necessary.
I've run across this before - depending upon the job, sometimes I've include the references and sometimes I left it out. Of course, if I was called for an interview I would provide a list knowing that they would most likely be called soon. What I'm wondering about is sending in references without knowing whether or not they will be called.
I'm curious to hear what other job seekers, as well as hiring managers and those in HR think.