Q. I was fired from my last job. It was my fault and I know it. I've learned from my mistakes, but now I'm not sure what to do about references.

A. First, you might try asking what your company will share with people checking employment references. Especially if this was a large company with an HR department you may find that they will only discuss dates. You could also look for references from coworkers or managers in other departments who are familiar with your good qualities. The reason for leaving is likely to come up in your interviews as well, so you'll want to practice answering that question to emphasize how you've grown as a result of your experience and why things will be different if they were to hire you.