Sticky Reference Question.
August 12, 2009 6:02 AM Subscribe
Tough question regarding a professional reference. I worked for a professor, Dr. XYZ, for the past couple of years in grad school as a graduate assistant. Recently, Dr. XYZ enthusiastically agreed to serve as a professional reference for me during my post-grad school job hunt. Problem: did I screw this reference up with a late assignment?
posted by anonymous to work & money (14 answers total)
The issue at hand: I also happen to be taking a class with Dr. XYZ this summer. Due to heinous technological difficulties that I won't go into here, I got behind on my final assignment for the course, and explained my situation and asked to turn it in late, if I could. Dr. XYZ said to turn it in when I could. I fully intended to turn it in the next day, but my computer basically gave up the ghost, and in between full days working at my other job and a hike across town to the campus computer lab, I couldn't get it completed until almost a week after the due date. Yes, this was bad. When I finally did turn it in at that time, professor praised my work and said that it would normally have received an A, but noted that it was marked down a bit due to being almost a week tardy. I still have a really good grade in the class, even after being graded down.
After all those details, the meat of my question: did I blow Dr. XYZ's enthusiastic, positive reference regarding my performance as an employee due to this late assignment business? Should I plan not to cite the person in question as a reference now that this may have damaged my credibility with the late assignment?
This is a matter of concern because I am currently being considered for a dream job, and considering that the work I did for this professor was directly relevant, having that reference would be ideal. Thanks for any input.