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References are an extremely important part of our professional life. Not only do we need to have good references when we're job seeking, but we also want to know how to give good references so that we can keep our reputation in check.

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The references you provide to the employer for the job you REALLY WANT are more important than you imagine. A missing in action reference can really kill your chances of a job offer, especially if the choice between you and another candidate is a close one. Related: 10 Steps To Preparing Top-Notch References Before we get to the nuts and bolts of how to ask for a reference, it is important to understand that you should NOT:

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