How to Make Smart Choices When Choosing Your Job References

Having strong references can mean the difference between hearing, "You're hired!" and hearing nothing but dreaded silence. I've often covered the most appropriate methods of acquiring references, including asking permission, providing them with information about the position, and keeping them up-to-date with the overall process. This methodology is great if you already know who your references are, but where do you begin when you're not even sure who to ask?