Post # 1
After months of searching and applying, I finally got a call to schedule an interview! The position is for a Business Analyst in the health insurance field. The only problem now is, as I’m filling out the application..I see that they want 3 references. I’m still employed, and this is the only career-related job I’ve had since graduating from college 5 years ago. I feel iffy about asking my coworker/manager to be a reference but I feel like it would be better since it would apply more to the job I applied to. I did work part-time as a pharm tech during college for 6 years..so, I don’t know what to do.
Should i just skip the coworker/manager from my current job and just have down the references from the time I was a pharm tech? And if i do go with my current coworker, should I put down their company email or personal?
Thank you all in advance!
Post # 3
Sure, that sounds pretty good to me. [ETA] the pharm tech thing.
Any other coworkers you can ask? Doesn’t have to be a manager, though that can be helpful sometimes. It can be anyone who’s worked with you and is willing to vouch for you. 🙂
Also, think about asking past classmates and professors to vouch for you ask well.
[ETA] Use business contact, unless your reference requests otherwise. I used a personal address for a friend who acted as my reference once, and I still regret doing that (without her permission), even though nothing bad ever came of that, I felt it was unprofessional of me to do it.
Post # 4
I’m in the same boat, interested to see what others say. I would guess use people from your past job, that’s what I’ve been planning.
Post # 5
You can ask a trusted co worker to write a letter reference for you and put their personal (not work) info on it. Employers are pretty used to people not wanting their current jobs contacted, so you should be fine. I would not under any circumstances tell them is is ok to contact your current job. Ist best if your current job does not know that you are looking for a new job, they can make your life miserable if they want to.
If you can get copies of any of work or performance reviews, usually those can be usEd in place of a work reference.
Does it have to be work references? You can provide personal references too.
Post # 6
@sunflower6813: I’d leave it blank and at your interview let them know that you’re happy to provide references but would prefer to wait until you have an offer as they are current employer and you don’t want to jeopardize your position. They should understand. Most don’t contact references until very late in the hiring process anyways, which would give you time to talk to your boss about it. In the meantime, provide some of your professors/advisors from college or any internships. It doesn’t really matter if the work your references do is in the same field or not. You’ll be providing the relevent information about what you do now and how it applies to the job you’re interviewing for.
Post # 7
Thanks, bees =) I’m so nervous just thinking about it..the interview is on Tuesday! It’s been a while since I’ve been on interviews >_<
@animallover: It said professional and academic references, so I will just stick to that.
@MrsWBS: It’s an online application that they want me to fill out prior to the interview..and it’s marked where you have to fill it out in order to continue.