Should I list my boss as a reference for an internal position?
June 13, 2011 6:22 PM Subscribe
Should I list my current boss as a reference in an application for an internal position? Worried that applying for this job will seem a little traitorous since our office is short staffed right now.
posted by Rinoia to Work & Money (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I work for a large organization in an office of (usually) five people. I like my job well enough and am content enough that I don't feel the need to look anywhere else for a while. I do feel as if I've grown professionally in this job. I've had some tensions with my boss and coworkers once in a while, but generally things have been going well and we've been working together without any problems lately.
The thing is, a position just opened up in another office that I really want to apply for. It would be a step up for me, what I think is a reasonable amount of promotion given the work that I've done so far. While I feel as if I'm good to stay at my current position for another year or so before I get really antsy and want to move up, if I got this other job, I would want to stick around for a while. And I do really like the organization that I work at.
So I've filled out the application and am almost ready to send it in, but I'm trying to decide what to do about references and about that question if it asks if it's okay to contact my current employer. I think my current employer would give me a good enough reference. However, our office is a bit short staffed right now because one of us went on leave for about the next four months and my boss himself is about to take off for another position. So basically if I got this position, I would be leaving behind two people in the office to do all the work (and there is generally a lot of work). For this reason, I feel kind of guilty in general about wanting to apply for this job, and I am unsure whether to list my boss as a reference and whether to request that they not contact him.