How many people do I need to contact about being a reference? Technically, applications will ask for 3-5, but they also ask for the contact info of all prior bosses, all cooperating teachers, and all former supervisors. That really adds up! And I need to contact all of these people and ask them to be willing to receive a phone call about me? As someone who is both shy and introverted, I really hate everything about the job searching process, but reaching out to several people I don’t see anymore to ask them for favors is the part I hate the most. I doubt all of them are going to be contacted, so it feels unnecessary in addition to being overwhelming. Do you have any insight or advice for this most dreaded activity?