How do I tell my boss I am job-hunting and need her to speak to an employer?
October 1, 2009 10:08 AM Subscribe
I am well into the process of interviews for a job in my same industry but about 2,000 miles away. I am in a good job but at a stagnant company and I don't have a lot of clients and must cold call a lot. I need to tell my boss and ask her to be a reference. Help me do it!
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
She is already extremely on edge that people are planning on walking away and up to now I have been the ever-loving employee by not applying for anything in the last ten months. Every time she thinks I am going to do something, she will dress me down, which is very distressing and I am tired of it. I want to go but I need some good points to make when I approach her. She is a bully and I don't want to be pushed over.
I plan to tell her that I will need her to be a reference. Is it good to be so straightforward?
I plan to explain the position I am interviewing for is more of a behind-the-scenes job.
I am currently in a position that requires a lot of public interaction but I have never met any of our top clients. This makes things especially difficult as my boss has stated me to me weekly since I came here that she would like to leave herself.
I feel I have improved recently a lot but still think my leaving would not be a tremendous loss to the organization as in just over a year on the job only a handful of people know who I am and what I do.
I do get worked up over this and I don't want to yell at her during the conversation.
Any tips for telling a hostile boss that you are looking for work would be greatly appreciated.