The other answers have talked about not adding references to your resume, however there is another underlying question not being answered. How do you bring up the subject that you were referred to the company, in case there is a referral bonus or similar?
As already stated, the references place is the wrong place to put a referral.
Instead, if you're wanting to add that your friend referred you, there are two places that you could do it.
- At the end of the interview (If you get one)
- In the cover letter sent along with your resume
If you've already applied and are too late to add it to your covering letter, you can ask them if they would like to know who referred you to the position, at the end of an interview. Be prepared to be told no, as they might not want to take any bias into account.
If you haven't submitted your application yet, think about adding it to your covering letter. There are some samples here:
I've taken an example from the first one to show how it could be done:
Email Cover Letter With a Referral Subject: Referred by Sloane Greene
Dear Ms. Future,
I am writing to you in regard to the position of billing manager that
you have posted on your company website. I worked with Sloane Greene
in the billing department of XYZ Enterprises for several years before
taking a hiatus to raise my children.
When I mentioned I was returning to the workforce, she recommended I
contact you about this position, as she felt that I would be an
excellent fit for your organization.
At XYZ, I worked closely with Sloane to convert our billing system to
handle the increase in sales volume the company was experiencing. I
oversaw the seamless transition when our deliverables doubled in less
than 6 months. I have successfully managed both small and large
billing departments, but am most comfortable in an environment like
that at your company. I feel that my experience would be an asset to
Bright Enterprises, and would appreciate the opportunity to meet with
you regarding the open position.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing
Beth Maple [email protected] 123-456-7890
As you can see, the regular reference to someone, whilst not including them as a reference can be done. Though do read the 2nd link as it also goes through some pitfalls to avoid when using someone as a referral to a company. I've included some below:
- Confirm that your reference knows the appropriate people at the potential employer
- Confirm your contact knows that they are your referral
- Know whether it is appropriate to use a referral
In your specific case, I'm not sure adding your friend as a referral will help you, unless your friend and/or your friend's dad know how you work in a professional context, it could seem a very long shot. Instead, it would be better to build your network and have a referral from someone inside the company that you know in a professional context.