I wonder if anyone is also having this experience.... Having been downsized a couple of times, people who were your bosses, team members and customers (internal and external) just vanish.
Some of them, you try to keep in contact with, but they don't see the value of building a network. Others, they moved, moved on, retired, changed their names (married, divorced), moved to another field etc. Many of them don't even pop up in a google search (lucky them!)
So despite one's best efforts, the reference list is not bursting with professionals anymore, just lots of personal and community references.
How do you deal with this when being asked for references in the job search?