Possible new job, help me leave the old one
September 26, 2012 8:52 AM Subscribe
References and a toxic job--Help me navigate workplace politics so's I can get myself into a better workplace.
posted by socky mcsockerson to work & money (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my mid-20s, and have been in a toxic academic office job for the past 13 months. In mid-August, I applied for another position at the same institution way more closely related to my background (creative). I had a few interviews and really enjoyed the people I met, and felt much more like I could be myself. I am now extremely close to getting the position, but have been asked for my references. The HR person as well as my potential new employer knows that I have not yet informed my direct supervisors that I've been looking for work.
I have a few older work references that I used for my present job, but I'd rather have some folks that I work with now vouch for me. In addition to my bosses, I support about 5-6 other people around the office, but I'm freaking out about asking them to recommend me and having them keep a secret. Obviously, I need to tell my bosses that I'm leaving at some point soon, too. I'm just not sure what I need to prioritize and I'm feeling incredibly stuck.
Mefites--could you please advise? How should I go about asking for references from people I work for who *aren't* my bosses, without telling my bosses? Or should I just tell my bosses, even though I don't have an offer? Also, it's busier around here than usual (September at a university) so that's also complicating things.