Post # 1
I’m going to start looking for a new job in a few months and getting my CV and references in order. I’m having some trouble with the references. I’ve had two jobs since graduating college. I don’t want to use my current boss as reference since I’d rather not tell her that I’m applying elsewhere. The CEO of my previous office agreed to act as a reference when I left them, but he has passed away. I did work with the current CEO and got along well but he is not very professional. While I’m sure he has nice things to say about me I can see him phrasing it in a “she’s a nice girl” way. Even if I was to use him as a reference, that would be only one. My other work experience is irrelevant summer trainee positions (to pay through school) with managers I haven’t been in contact in 5-10 years who really didn’t see my work.
So the question is who should I ask? My colleagues that work(ed) on the same level as me?
Post # 2
College professors? Colleagues? Managers of other departments that would have known you? Friends that can offer a reference (last reference type of reference, but you could use friends if needed)
Post # 3
zeebee1 : I think one manager and one colleague is a good mix. It gives the interviewer different perspectives on how you are as an employee. Also, do you have any written performance reviews from the boss who has died? I think that’s an extenuating circumstance that an interviewer may be willing to consider.
Post # 4
I’m not sure if lectures/professors are appropriate professional references especially when I’m not freshly graduated and have work experience? Well I’m studying at the moment but we have over 100 people on the course so I have no personal connection with anybody the lecturers.
LilliV : I don’t have a written performance review. All the jobs that I’ve had has provided a standard proof of employment with dates and a description of the job, but none include personal reviews. It hasn’t really been a thing anywhere I have worked.
I have a few good current/former colleagues that hopefully could agree to act as a reference.