How do I keep asking for work references for difference jobs without pissing my references off?
I'm still new out of school (grad 2010) and moving between many difference job opportunities. I am currently working (and hope to continue working in) education which at this point means my summers are free. In addition, my employment is solid for this school year, but I'm likely to move out of the area next year. I work different jobs in the summer (like camp counselor) than during the school year (tutoring).
Between moving locations, needing to back up proof of language skills, references for working with children and the different timelines of applications, this requires a lot of references and applications.
My questions are as follows:
1. If you're a supervisor in a job where people move around a lot
(camp director, summer employment, "programs" for recent grads- I did TAPIF) for how long afterwards do you expect people to contact you as a reference? How many times are you willing to be contacted?
2. Oftentimes I don't know if a request for a reference means "We'll call them up and make sure that you've never molested someone" or it means that they want them to write a 5 paragraph essay about me. How do I make the process as easy as possible for my references (and piss them off the least?)
3. Past (and future) jobs include a more professional adult (like formal classroom teaching) to life guarding to jobs where the crazier the better (camp). References on linked in (which not all my former bosses use) seem inadequate given the different criteria. As part of a hiring committee would you accept a linked in reference as a substitute?
4. Sometime's I'm caught off guard in that I didn't expect a place to really contact my references and then they do- so my references don't know what's coming. How do I minimize damage afterwards
I try to space things out, giving long reasonable deadlines and be as honest /informative for my references as possible. I choose people who are suited to speak to certain ares, not just because they are recent supervisors. When requesting information I provide examples of past work and let them know qualities I have and the position requires. I have a few general recommendations
, but oftentimes a specific one is required (though I send along the general one as well). I always send thank you's.
If I've missed a good past thread, please let me know. I tried to look through as many tags as I could.