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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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Establishing references can be really difficult, especially when you’re looking for a job and don’t seem to have a strong list of potential references. However, this shouldn’t be neglected because, in many ways, references can make or break our future careers. Related: 5 Things You Should Know About References According to an article on Jobdig.com titled “The Real Purpose of References," references serve as a deal closer for job candidates (and as a job seeker, you definitely want to seal the deal!). Here are some ways you can establish references while you’re looking for a job:

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