One of your first moves when considering a job change should be to review your professional network for people who can serve as references. Prospective employers are likely to ask you for three or four people who can endorse you as a professional.
As you scan your mental rolodex and check through your e-mail contact list, remember that some contacts might be better than others -- and there are a few you shouldn't ask at all. Here are some guidelines from the pros: Choose Your References Wisely
How you ask is, of course, just as important as who you ask. There are a number of courtesies to keep in mind when you're choosing your references: The Secrets to Getting Good References