Every so often I go through a batch of applying for jobs and expecting nothing to happen. Except then I get the chance at an interview, and realize I haven’t touched base with my references in ages. Is it gauche to email them to let them know I’d like to use them as a reference and with the assumption that it’s the only reason I’m contacting them? I’m generally terrible at keeping in touch with people and have been described as not having “good people skills” (which hopefully doesn’t tank my interview!)