In the past, employers typically waited to ask job applicants for references until they were serious contenders for a job.
Now, many companies are asking applicants to provide a list of references when they apply for a job. Giving a list references can be tricky because you need to be careful not to jeopardize your current position if you're employed.
Here's information on who and how to ask for references, how to protect your privacy and keep your job search confidential, and more on providing references with job applications.
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