Using the Ace up Your Sleeve
Make no mistake about it; job hunting is a competitive activity. If you have a tool at your disposal to improve the likelihood of a positive outcome, you would be foolish or lazy not to make the most use of it. The ace up your sleeve that I’m talking about here is your set of job references.
Your set of job references is an essential job-hunting tool. It is often given short shrift by job hunters. Some job hunters ask for a supervisor or two to be a reference and sit back, hoping they will say something positive if and when the time comes. Some wait until they are asked for references at the end of an interview before they give them much thought. Both approaches are dead wrong because: