..be a reference on job applications. BUT... So, a former colleague of mine just texted me saying, I was going to put you as a ref. Where are you working now? I understand he is looking for a new job, but the thing is, its been 10 months, we havent really kept in touch, and I dont know him that well. Moreover, I didnt get a good impression of him when we did work togetherhe was lazy, unprofessional, and I couldnt take him seriously. I think he is a nice person, but I would not recommend him in any professional capacity. Besides, isnt it courtesy to ask someone if they would be willing to be a reference? What would you guys do?