(Closed) Does it hurt your chances of getting a job by using a coworker as a reference?

posted 5 years ago in Career
  • poll: Does it hurt your chances of getting a job by using a colleague as a reference and not current boss
    yes : (9 votes)
    31 %
    no : (17 votes)
    59 %
    unsure : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    562 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Having only coworkers is a no. But since you have two supervisors, I think you’re fine. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I did the same thing when I had to have 3 references with my current job. I put 2 previous supervisor and a coworker. They liked the fact that I used people I worked for and people I worked with.

    Post # 4
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    3185 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

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    MsTargaryen:  my sister was my boss I put her future marked name. My FIs cousin was a manager I worked on projects with and his other cousin was a coworker. All of these were my references. Yay, for working in a family operated business. (I hated that job) but I say do it.

    Post # 5
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    5088 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    MsTargaryen:  I got confused because your title question and your poll questions require opposite answers. 

    I wouldn’t put a coworker. I think it’s probably ok since you have two other supervisors, I just wouldn’t chance it myself.

    Post # 6
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    401 posts
    Helper bee

    I think it’s fine since you have two supervisors as well. 

    Just an FYI the title and poll questions are opposite so some people might be answering the poll thinking the title is the question. 

    Post # 7
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    1017 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I always have supervisors and coworkers as references.  It can be helpful to know that you are both a good employee and a good coworker.  I work with some people who suck up to their supervisor and their supervisor thinks they are awesome, but all their coworkers hate them.

    Post # 9
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    1386 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I usually include two supervisors and two co-workers. I work in a job where I collaborate with coworkers so including them is a plus. I’ve also included former (retired) supervisors. I’ve always been offered the jobs I’ve wanted. 

    Post # 10
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    1432 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    Can you put your current employer but say not to contact them prior to any offer? 

    Post # 11
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    1303 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

    I think a mix is a good thing. Working well with peers is different than performing well for a boss IMO. If you only listed coworkers I would say it’s a red flag but I think in your current situation its totally understandable. 

    Post # 13
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    1432 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

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    MsTargaryen:  I’ve done that before and also, to be extra sure, I’ve known of people sayîng they provide current employer’s contact details after the offer. I think a recruiting company should respect that.

    Post # 14
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    4891 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I have used at least one co-worker, either past or current when I’ve applied for jobs. The only time it bit me in the butt was when they failed to check their email for a LONG time and the place I had applied at wanted them to write up something about me – and they didn’t get it in time – and I didn’t know that they had sent it. I was one of two candidates, so who knows if that was a deciding factor… but more than likely yes.

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