Post # 1
I don’t want to say my field as it’s very small- it’s research related but jobs can be be with the government, with universities, and with private companies.
Here’s my situation in semi-brief- I’m 1.5 years out of college and I got a job with a different university doing research on contract right out of school (through connections at my university). Because the employing university is in a different state, I have been working from home this whole time except for one brief visit when I was put onto a new project, so I don’t have many personal connections. I have been doing good work and I believe that my supervisor and others on the project will give me good references, but those are my ONLY references- even my professors from my college are tied up in this job (one is the associate director of the program and the other who I did some paid work for is her husband). I was only in undergrad for two years because I had a ton of AP credits, so I was only in my major program for two quarters and hence didn’t make that many professor connections.
So I don’t know how to apply for jobs that ask for references with only these job-related references. I don’t think I want them to know I’m looking yet because I’m in the middle of a project, but I need to start looking early (my current contract ends next Jan) because the field is very small and I want to stay in the same area.
Suggestions? Thinking about applying for jobs is tying my stomach up in knots.
Post # 3
Why do you want to leave your current position?
Post # 4
Are the jobs requiring that you give references or do you have the option to provide them references “upon request”? Most potential employers won’t actually check your references until they are actually looking to extend an offer, at which point you may feel more comfortable notifying your current employer that you are, in fact, leaving. Being that your current position is your only “real job” it should be understandable that your references would be limited. If you MUST put references, you could always put what are known as character references, which are those who can testify to the type of person you are…outside of friends and family, of course. Did you hold a job during school? If so, you could use your supervisor or a coworker from that position. Did you have a professor in college that you worked closely with that isn’t affiliated with your current project? You may have to think outside of the box a little if a potential employer is requiring a reference.
Post # 5
Why do you not want your current employers to know you’re leaving? If the contract is up at a certain point, surely it is obvious to them that you’ll have to look for new jobs before then? I work in a field where you usually just work a specified length of time for something and there are set end-dates, and it’s totally normal to accept a job and go into it with an eye on your next job for the entire year you’re there.
Post # 6
@peachacid: I don’t like working at home (it’s lonely, hard to network, and limiting because as a remote employee there’s no chance for advancement beyond 3% yearly raises) and the type of work I do is also coming to a close in the project- if not complete by January, it’ll definitely be complete sometime next year. Also, I have been doing largely entry-level work (like data entry for the most part) and it’s not rewarding.
@SweetMelissa429: Some ask for them up front, others expect that they be provided at an interview. I assume they won’t waste time calling references until they’ve met me in an interview and think I might be a fit, but everything I’ve ever read has said to ask your references before you use them so they have a head’s up and can give you a good reference- so I’d have to tell them before providing the reference sheet anyway. My during-school job was with a professor who is now affiliated with my current job. I don’t think my current boss would be surprised if I asked him to be a reference, but I just don’t really want to advertise that I’m looking YET.
@distracts: You’re right- I don’t think my supervisor would be that surprised or concerned, or penalize me at all. It’s just that he finally gave me a project that is good for my portfolio and more interesting, so I feel a little awkward alerting him to the fact that I’m job searching now.
Post # 7
Use a teacher from your college.