What are the most important qualities to look for when you’re considering who to share as a reference? Obviously that they like you / would recommend you, but other than that? Seniority? Others?

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first and foremost - they like you and will say good things about you. should be a no-brainer.
[my recruiter told me a horror story so apparently it isn’t]

up, down, across.

someone who you reported to who can speak to the quality of your work.

someone who reported to you who can speak to you as a manager [assuming as a director you have managed people]

across - someone on another team/different role who can speak to your ability to collaborate.

always present multiple references and the context.

Jane was my manager at ABC role and is now blah blah at XYZ.

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This is so helpful - thank you!

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