Who do you work with today? Is there someone at your current employer that you could trust to be a reference? What about ex-colleagues, peers at other organizations, or mentors?
You should be able to come up with at least one person you worked with, preferably a manager, one person you are currently working with, and one peer who can all vouch for you.
Why? Because references still matter.
You want people who know you, know your skills, your abilities, and your potential, and who can convey that to a future employer. And you should have that list always at the ready.
Ask them before you have a job. Especially those in the specialty that you want to work in. Make sure they are thinking about you as a potential peer, so they will be eager to represent you in a positive light to a future employer.
If you’re really lucky, they’ll even help you find that future employer.
Thanks for reading this far,