Requesting a referral for a potential new job from a current coworker?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That’s a tough spot.

i wouldn’t ask a current co worker, not only is it awkward for you but it puts them in a weird spot.

are you close to any former college professors? Did you do an internship?

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Do you have any performance reviews?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve asked a co-worker to do this before and vice versa.  It worked out with no problems.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@sparklerunner:  I wouldn’t use someone you currently work with as a reference for a position outside the company, unless this is someone you’re very close with.  Basically, unless you’re close enough with this person to feel comfortable talking to them about your current job search (and know that they wouldn’t tell anyone else within your current company), don’t ask them to be a reference for you.  Those people are few and far between, but they do exist.  

That being said, it’s perfectly acceptable to use college professors, supervisors from internships, and supervisors and/or coworkers from jobs you may have held during school.  A lot of companies will also accept at least one “personal” reference, so if you have a close friend who can speak highly of your character (especially if they were a former classmate and can also speak highly of your work ethic), that’s also an option.  I used my best friend as a personal reference for my current position, and he used me as a personal reference for his current position as well.  We’re “older” (he’s 29 and I’m 28) and in completely different fields (he’s in PR/marketing and I’m in scientific) … So it can be beneficial regardless of type of position and age (i.e. no one has ever considered it to be “unprofessional” or “immature”).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@sparklerunner:  No problem!  I wasn’t sure how long ago college was for you (it’s been 7 yearrs since I graduated, yikes!), but I used the professor I worked for during my research internship as a professional reference for a position I applied for (and got!) when I was 23.  I did the internship the summer I turned 20, so several years had passed.

The most important thing to remember with references, though, is to always ask the person ahead of time if you can use them as a reference.  It seems like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who don’t do this and then their references are either impossible to reach, don’t remember them, etc. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@sparklerunner:  Id ask anyway.  Your boss cannot fire you or yell at you for applying for another position.  I am applying for a new position this week and it will be a career move and tomorrow I am going to ask my boss to write a confidential reference for me.  He knows this isnt my forever job. 

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