Up to a point, you can probably demonstrate your worth to an employer in interviews and by showing off your work. But sooner or later, someone is going to ask you for a reference. Usually this is just a formality, unless someone says you’re maniac you should be OK, but you still need to be properly prepared.
Every time you’re looking for new jobs you should always think which job or person can support your new role. Make sure references you’ve put down are aware of you doing so. Asking someone to be your reference years ago and still using them makes you look pretty slack especially if an employer calls them up and are met with an uncomfortable “I haven’t spoken to her in years, how’s he doing?”
Oh and that whole “References available on request” thing on your CV is kind of pointless. Like Seth Godin recently said, “what are you going to do, refuse” an employer a reference. Use the space on your CV to showcase your talent.
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