Personal References??

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BeckyS0:  I would ask people with whom I do volunteer work, the minister of the church I attend, a Guide Leader I work with.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

friends?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Does your husband have loyal customers or friends who’d be willing to vouch for the fact that you are not a crazy person? Neighbors might work, too, unless you live in one of the more rural areas of Humboldt and you don’t have any! I wouldn’t worry about concealing the fact that you and your husband have your own business. If they ask about it, just make sure to refer to it as “my husband’s business”, just so they don’t think you’re applying for a second job of sorts! Don’t let the references hold you back. Opportunities for advancement are hard to come by in this area.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@futuremrsk18:  +1, exactly. Friends seem like the obvious choice. I personally think any reference other than a professional one is stupid but if you want to chat to my friends, feel free. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

I have an “aunt” (and “uncle” and “cousins”) whose name I put down for things like that. FH put down my mother’s name for something like that once. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Current or former landlords if you knew them personally?  They could talk about you being responsible by paying rent on time, being respectful of the property, stuff like that. 

Really I’m at a loss here.  Personal references are so silly since they’re always people you’re friendly with.  Of course they’ll say nice things about you.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@BeckyS0: Yes, I’m local, grew up in Eureka and live just north of there now. 🙂 Definitely ask your neighbors!! That is the advantage of living in place like this vs. a big city. You always know more people than you think you do. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!! Go get that job, lady!!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ugh personal references are so dumb. I would do friends. Maybe even someone you see on a regular basis, like an waiter or employee you always small-chat with? 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ugh I hate when they ask for personal references.  Since I just graduated from my master’s program, I usually put former professors.  I guess otherwise I’d just do longtime friends… just seems so pointless though.

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