Would you be my reference?
January 8, 2009 8:20 PM Subscribe
What is the script for asking past employers if I can use them as a reference?
posted by needs more cowbell to Work & Money (7 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
What do I say in emails asking former employers if they'd be willing to be a reference for me (when applying for jobs)? This may be very basic, but I have horrid anxiety and totally freeze up about things like this.
I left these jobs on OK terms - I've never been fired or gotten bad reviews or anything - but I have a really limited pool of bosses or even coworkers to ask, so I feel like some of the people I ask might be kind of surprised that I'm asking them.
*Do I need to make small talk and ask them about how they or the company are doing? Do I need to give them an update on my life? (This part is tough for me because I've been unemployed for a while and I feel like I don't have anything specific to say.)
*I don't have one specific job in mind that I'm asking them to serve as references for...is that normal/okay?
*Is it weird to track someone down if they've switched companies? In one case this person was my supervisor for a six month temp job, so it feels strange and stalkerish to be hunting her down. (But I probably need to in order to compile at least three reference people.)