Who to use as a reference for a temp job?
March 10, 2013 1:20 PM Subscribe
Do I have to use my direct supervisor as a reference?
posted by winterportage to work & money (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am another twentysomething with a B.A. navigating the world of temp work.
I've been doing a temp job at a great organization for the past 5 months as a receptionist and admin assistant. During that time I did a variety of different tasks for several different people, such as doing data entry for the accountants and promotional writing for the director of communications.
I did not have a lot of interaction with my direct supervisor and I don't think they have any idea what I'd been doing during work (receptionist duties were minimal). I should add that my contract is not being renewed because their usual receptionist is returning. When I was hired it was known that I would only be there for 5 months, and though I am sad it is over, that is something I knew going in.
So who would I use on my resume as a reference? I am going to be applying to basically any job that I am qualified for, although in an ideal world I would love to be paid for writing of some sort (I now have a bit of experience). The office was a very sociable place, and there was recently a big conference to organize, so I feel like I bonded well with quite a few of the employees. Is this just something I have to choose for myself, or is there some protocol that I should know about?
Thanks for your help!