I need job references. I've only worked for the family business and they won't be fair.
July 16, 2012 8:34 AM Subscribe
I am currently applying for a new job. The problem is I have worked for family since college for the past 9 years. I don't of course want to tip them off that I'm considering other work, and they are somewhat vindictive, so I don't want to ask them for a reference prior to leaving, nor would I expect to get a fair reference from them.
posted by KoiPond to work & money (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This leaves customers of the business for references, most of whom like and appreciate my work with them, but most of whom would be shocked that I was leaving and might tip off my family. My other option is to dredge up contacts from college I haven't spoken to since college.
I have a portfolio of work that I believe will give me ample qualifications for the new job. I am unsure how the references issue might play out. How do I handle this with my prospective employer?
Help is much appreciated.