I’m thinking about looking for a new challenge, and therefore looking for a new post. I’ve been chatting with my brother, who has friends who are quite high up in HR. I have always thought that a referee should be asked if they are prepared to be a referee prior to making applications. I am now being advised, through these chats, that - as current employers are always asked for references - this isn’t necessary; in fact it could be detrimental in my current role as it advertises the fact that I am looking elsewhere. Any opinions?