Who should I use for references?

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Answered by: ByVirtualist career experts

At some point during your job search, you’ll need a few people who will serve as your professional references – people who can speak positively about your skills and attributes in the workplace and explain why you’d be a great employee. Choosing who to ask for a reference is important, and as such, requires thoughtful consideration. We need to choose people who are the best possible stand-ins for ourselves – people we trust to support us, stand with us, and make us out to be the best possible candidate for the job. Should you ask your current boss? An old coworker? Are teachers acceptable? How can you tell when you shouldn’t ask someone? And how do you ask without sounding needy or desperate? 

Deciding who to ask for a professional reference is no easy task. But we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to figure out who and how to ask for a professional reference:

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