Ask Annie

Will your references sabotage your job hunt?

April 1, 2009: 6:02 PM ET

If the people you ask employers to contact as recommendations are anything but easy to reach, and highly enthusiastic, you could lose out on an offer, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her April 7 Ask Annie column. Do you have good references? Has a reference ever surprised you by saying something negative? Ever said anything not-so-nice when asked for a reference? What's the worst reference you've heard or gotten?

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