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    Theta Male Julius_Van_Der_Beak's Avatar
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    Oh, if it's about that, then I'm 27. I have a few references to use, but I want to make them more current if I can. I can't ask my current supervisor for references, though, for obvious reasons. A trusted coworker might be something different (not that I count my ex among those).
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    A coworker is a perfectly acceptable reference.

    It might make you feel better to know that eventually a time will come when you'll have a large enough network of contacts and colleagues that you can get a job somewhere without any references at all. 'Til then you'll have to play the stupid game.

    (I'm also 27, and I had to provide references to get my current gig, but that was a matter of corporate policy. My boss would have offered me a job on the spot if he could have but he had to go through the HR department...)

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    A reference need not be a direct supervisor, but it is better not to use your peers. A senior coworker would be better, someone with much more experience in your workplace, and especially someone who was in a position to mentor or train you. Don't overlook teachers and people for whom you volunteered as well, especially if the instruction or activities are relevant to the job you are applying for. If your old job involved customers or dealing with the public, a reference from a significant or well-known (and hopefully satisfied) customer/patron would be good, too.
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    I have sometimes used coworkers as references. I've had jobs where I've had minimal direct contact with my supervisor and my supervisor only knew me on a more superficial level. The coworker was much more knowledgeable and aware of my strengths and what I actually did on the job day to day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    A reference need not be a direct supervisor, but it is better not to use your peers. A senior coworker would be better, someone with much more experience in your workplace, and especially someone who was in a position to mentor or train you. Don't overlook teachers and people for whom you volunteered as well, especially if the instruction or activities are relevant to the job you are applying for. If your old job involved customers or dealing with the public, a reference from a significant or well-known (and hopefully satisfied) customer/patron would be good, too.
    I actually have a lot of coworkers who trained me, this hadn't even occurred to me.
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    Coworkers are usually acceptable references. I never had issues with using them. I also readily accepted them as a new hire's references when I hired people at one of my older jobs, albeit that was just a shitty convenience store manager position.
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    I'd personally take coworkers as references, especially if they could comment on the applicant's team-orientedness and overall competence. Hell, I've taken applicants' friends as references.

    Other employers might not be so lenient, but

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