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Updated 04/01/2017

  plural noun: references
  1. 1.
    the action of mentioning or alluding to something.
    "he made reference to the enormous power of the mass media"
    synonyms:mention of, an allusion to, comment on, remark about
    "his journal contains many references to railroads"
  2. 2.
    use of a source of information in order to ascertain something.
    "popular works of reference"

  There are basically four situations where references will NOT BE REQUIRED:
    1. You're applying to an organization your family owns and they like you
(so they say)
    2. They know you but they need protection so they ask for References anyway
    3. They hear you're a great worker and a person but they need References anway 
    4. You are getting a new job through the Federal Witness Protection Program

      Email Message Example Requesting a Reference For a Job  |, Alison Doyle                  03/03/2017

         How to Ask for a Reference |, Kim Costa
       Kim is a job-search coach for Snagajob! She's a Certified Professional Resume Writer
       and a Certified Employment Interview Professional. 

         How to Ask for a Reference from an Employer  |               

         The Right & Wrong Way to Ask for a Reference  |, Anne Pushkal