1. Prepare your references: Most hiring managers prefer to speak with references who can comment on your most recent job performance. If you are openly conducting a job search, you will want to ask your current manager to be your reference.
However, if you haven’t told your employer that you’re looking for a new job you’ll need to be a little more creative about this. Consider other trusted professionals you work with who might serve as discreet references, e.g. former employers, co-workers, and clients. Online recommendations can also be an alternative.