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Can I really write a paper with only one reference?

Professor wants the class to only use assigned readings to write papers, assigned readings are basically nonexistent. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by sharp pointy objects on Feb 10, 2016 - 27 answers

Keeping in touch for the terminally awkward - employment edition

I am terrible at maintaining contact with former supervisors/professors and have the tendency to put it off until it can't be avoided, then I feel like a jerk for only reaching out when I need something. How does one word a professional keep in touch email? [more inside]
posted by fox problems on Nov 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Peter, Paul, Macbeth, and Matthew -- more, please?

This week, I learned about a mathematical inequality called "The Peter-Paul inequality" (so named because you have to "rob Peter to pay Paul") and, from this comment, about the Macbeth principle ("t'were well it were done quickly"). What other principles, formulas, or procedures are named to reference particular stories that illustrate their basic idea? [more inside]
posted by cider on Nov 2, 2015 - 18 answers

References from a part time job I started a month ago?

Applying for another part time job to supplement my current one. I've only been at the current one for a month. I'm not comfortable using them as references because they're too new. Will it be obvious from the commencement date on the resume, or should I spell it out anyway? Thanks!
posted by glache on May 17, 2015 - 2 answers

Should I still use my former supervisor as a job reference?

I left this medical supply company last November due to multiple employees leaving, declining accounts, and the inability to be consistently compliant with Medicare standards. My previous supervisor was laid off, and he ended up working for a university medical center that is ranked top 10 in the U.S. While I was working at the medical supply company, we would keep in touch and he encouraged me to look for a better gig. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on May 17, 2015 - 6 answers

How to Give References when Potentially Changing Jobs

I am currently employed. I like my job, I like my co-workers, and I'm not unhappy here at all. Recently someone I know sent a job opportunity my way, and it looked really, really cool - something I'd be really excited to do. So I threw them an application, just to see, and ended up going on two rounds of interviews that went really well. There's a decent chance I'll get this job but, you know, they're talking to other people as well. Today they asked for references. I'm not sure how to handle that. [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard on May 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Complicated Unemployment Benefits Question -- Should I File?

Got laid off yesterday and filed for unemployment. Agency rejected my claim because I'm still eligible for a claim I opened a year prior in a different state for a different job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Job Reference Screw Up

You are always supposed to ask someone if they will provide you with a positive job reference. I did not do that with any of the references I listed on a job application. I just went on an interview and I think they will be calling my references soon. I realize now that this is a major faux pas. Is there anything I can do at this point to save this situation? [more inside]
posted by galvanized unicorn on Mar 23, 2015 - 21 answers

Whom should I ask for letters of recommendation?

I am applying for a summer program with NASA and need two letters of recommendation: one from an academic source, the other from a previous employer or mentor. All of my options are not great. Whom should I ask? Descriptions inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Feb 18, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I email my job references

My academic and professional references have asked me to keep them informed of what jobs I'm applying to, both so that they have a heads-up, and so that they can let me know if they've been called. I haven't been very good at doing this consistently because I don't know how to phrase that email. [more inside]
posted by wrabbit on Jan 30, 2015 - 7 answers

When just a "yes" or "no" won't suffice on a job application

Employment history section on a job application asks "May we contact your previous supervisor for a reference?" and has a yes or no checkbox. My supervisors at my last two jobs are no longer at those companies either. How should I answer this? [more inside]
posted by SisterHavana on Jan 2, 2015 - 14 answers

Am I trying to keep too many toes warm?

I'm considering leaving a research academic career for a largely unrelated industry, and so I'm intending to go back to re-educate myself. How do I deal with reference letters in relation to current job applications? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Dec 2, 2014 - 4 answers

PhD application references--whom to ask?

I'm in the process of applying to a few history PhD programs. My problem is deciding who I should ask to write references. The programs, naturally, would prefer academic references. However, I finished my Masters back in 2003 and my thesis supervisor has since moved on to another university. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Nov 10, 2014 - 20 answers

What to do about my references and lack of response to possible employer

I had a job interview last week on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and it went well. I was told that I would hear from them, even if I didn't get the job, to at least thank me for applying. So I find out on Friday , October 24, 2014 that the supervisor from this job called two of my references, but neither of them answered the phone. I was told by both of my references that they are "very busy" and would try to call back later. [more inside]
posted by little_miss_m on Oct 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Did I mess up this job interview by being evasive?

I think I more or less lied by omission in a job interview that I had a bit over a week ago. I am feeling a bit guilty about it and kind of mad at myself. Do those feelings seem warranted given the situation? Would this be a red flag for you as an employer if you found out about it? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Sep 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Interviews are done. Now what?

When is it appropriate to follow-up with a hiring manager after interviews (and reference checks) have been completed? I did ask for a timeline during the interview and I was told that they would be in touch "soon". The posting stated that they wanted someone to start in early October, when the position becomes vacant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Professional reference selection committe

I can't figure out who my professional references should be. I need neutral perspective on my options inside. [more inside]
posted by annie o on Apr 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Reference check prior to interview?!

An employer contacted my references today (it is a condition of the application that you list your references up front). I haven't been advised of an interview. The first catch is that this is an old employer who I used to temp for. I know that manager thinks highly of me. [more inside]
posted by glache on Apr 1, 2014 - 8 answers

What do you look for in a good reference?

HR and people in charge of hiring new employees: What do you look for when checking applicants' references? [more inside]
posted by myntu on Mar 12, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I go about job-seeking effectively?

I am a 25-year-old woman and a recent college graduate (just earned my Master’s in English in December). I’m looking for higher education administrative jobs in the area: basically, to be an admissions counselor, financial aid counselor, academic advisor, and the like. There are a few concerns on my mind about the process. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Erudition as a service?

I've started writing more (blog posts), and several times this has happened: I use the Mac's search function to look up a word in the dictionary, for inspiration, and instead I notice a PDF search result from my folder full of (sadly illegal) PDF books, and end up on a totally wonderful track. Is there a more comprehensive, perhaps legal, way to do this? [more inside]
posted by mbrock on Feb 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Reference after you've been fired?

Followup to this question; I was indeed asked to resign about a week after I posted here - thanks to those who gave advice. I was told during the severance meeting that my former employer would offer a reference (presumably "she worked here from date to date"), and I've also got two colleagues who can serve as references to provide greater detail. I'm applying for a job at a large institution that requires I fill out an electronic form in addition to submitting a resume and cover letter - if they ask for contact information for my last supervisor (the person who fired me), and that's the only reference they request for that job, what should I say?
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Writing a letter of recommendation via email: in body or as attachment?

A question about writing letters of recommendation. Specifically, when the letters are not hand-written and snail mailed, but are emailed instead. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Nov 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Would this be tacky?

I'm trying to gather job references, and so far I have 2. I have another potential reference in mind, but I'm not sure if I should ask him. We currently work at the same company, though he works in another department. However, we're currently working on a project together and have worked on projects together in the past. I'd feel weird sending him an email at work asking him if I could use him as a reference. Would sending him a message on Facebook be in bad form or awkward?
posted by hazel79 on Nov 9, 2013 - 9 answers

How to cite documents prepared by a planning committee and a consultant?

With complications, of course. [more inside]
posted by Lot's ex-girlfriend on Jul 12, 2013 - 2 answers

How to refuse reference without negative consequences for me or them?

What do you do if someone names you as a referee in a job application, but didn't ask you in advance, and if you really don't feel you could give them a good reference, but you have to keep working with them in the future? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 13, 2013 - 24 answers

Can I use a short-term client as a reference?

I have a job interview. I recently did some freelance editing which is pertinent to the job I am interviewing for. It is my only freelance gig thus far. The freelance gig only lasted a month, but ended on good terms with an indication I'd be contacted when more work is needed. The work for this client will never be more than very part time, so a full-time job should not be seen as competition for my time (though he could always see it that way anyway). Can/should I use this client as a reference? How do I approach this client if I can use him as a reference? [more inside]
posted by tllaya on Apr 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Automate putting PMCIDs into .bib files?

BibTeX-filter: I have some large .bib files. I need to add PMCID entries to every article that has an ID in the pubmed database. What's the easiest way to automate this? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Apr 8, 2013 - 5 answers

When and how to cite references in a book.

I am attempting to write a book about my hobby. I am trying to make a complete bible - or at least as complete as I can be. There have been a few books on the subject before me, but none are very complete or very recent. What I'm not sure how to do is how to reference it. I have a lot of knowledge in my head that are from other sources - I read a lot of academic papers on the subject over the years, and in some cases I'm having a hard time parsing what is something I know through experience, what is "general knowledge" and what is something I picked up from another source. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Apr 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Step 1) Babysitting, Step 2) ????? Step 3) PROFIT!

Most of my income now comes from babysitting, but I'd like to look for non-childcare jobs when my current gig ends in a few months. How do I make the transition into office work? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Mar 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Help a paranoid pug parent out.

Are petsitters sometimes legally obligated to not give out contact info for their references? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Mar 11, 2013 - 30 answers

Ack! I have references, they just aren't ready!

I found a job I want to apply for. It closes at midnight. I had not planned to apply, so don't have references ready to go. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose on Feb 19, 2013 - 19 answers

Should interview reference information be kept confidential?

I found replies from my references on an intranet site (posted over a year ago), which is available to more than just the group who interviewed me. I'm pretty upset about this since some of the information given was very personal. I'm going to find out about getting it removed, but this is a site that is backed up nightly, so it has also been archived. I'm not sure whether I should go to HR also to ask about the policy.
posted by jenh526 on Feb 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Turning over a new leaf

If I'm not able to get good references from my previous employers, what can I do to move forward? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Nov 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Use person vacating the post as a ref for my app for same?

I am applying for a job, and of course references are requested. One of my best potential references, who I have worked with fairly extensively, is also the person vacating the position I am applying for, and for all I know could be interviewing me. Is it weird to use him as a reference? [more inside]
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Oct 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Possible new job, help me leave the old one

References and a toxic job--Help me navigate workplace politics so's I can get myself into a better workplace. [more inside]
posted by socky mcsockerson on Sep 26, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I explain why my advisor isn't a reference?

My supervisor/thesis advisor has dropped off the face of the earth as I'm applying for jobs, so I can't count on him as a reference. How bad does this look, should I explain it in writing somewhere, and how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I check my references?

HR filter - how do I check my own professional references? [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Sep 12, 2012 - 10 answers

After all those papers, how do I not know how to reference this?

Having some difficulties with figures and my MSc thesis. Help? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee on Aug 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Is it poor form to ask clients of your company for a reference?

I'm looking for the best way to ask clients of a company for work references, if this is done much, and to identify the risks associated by doing so. [more inside]
posted by thekorruptor on Aug 7, 2012 - 1 answer

I need job references. I've only worked for the family business and they won't be fair.

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. [more inside]
posted by KoiPond on Jul 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Awkward reference quandry... how to proceed?

It it unwise to bank on a prospective employer not calling my references unless I am interviewed? I'm applying for a job that is admittedly a long shot, and I’d rather not call and ask people to be my references unless I am actually in the running (for various snowflake reasons detailed at length within). Is it a horrendous faux pas to list references without asking their permission, if I'm fairly certain I won’t get called for an interview? On the other hand, is it a horrendous faux pas not to send references with my resume and cover letter, when the job posting specifically asks for them? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Jun 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Finding a job with few references?

I quit my job today. I don't have another job lined up. I don't have a college degree or much work history. How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by GadgetryOwl on Jun 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Reference management advice

Are there any online services to convert an article on a website into a bibtex file? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

I don't know if she's a good secretary, but she wrote a great paper on Nietzsche...

Quick reference etiquette question: Is it weird to use a professor as a reference for a job unrelated to academic studies? What is the best way to ask them? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Apr 3, 2012 - 9 answers

List of lists, king of kings, turnip of turnips

After reading the FPP on cephalophores, I found myself on Wikipedia reading a list of patron saints of ailments, illness and dangers. There are many such lists on Wikipedia and I'd like to find more of them. Can you suggest additional excellent lists for me to enjoy? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Mar 10, 2012 - 29 answers

My references have been checked, will get a job offer?

My references have been checked after attending a second round job interview. Do you think there is an offer on the way if my references check out? Would they bother otherwise? [more inside]
posted by ariyadhana on Feb 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me decode Unicode

What languages use a U with a ring on it (U+016E), and how is it pronounced? What is an "incomplete infinity" (U+29DC), and why does it need a symbol? Who uses a times sign in two circles (U+2A37), and for what? And why is a small capital psi (U+1D2A) in the Phonetic Extensions block? How do I find the answer to things like this? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Jan 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Why haven't my references been called!?

Have you ever been hired for a job where your new employer didn't call your references (for whatever reason)? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jan 27, 2012 - 28 answers

I will get my revenge

What other forums besides Yelp are there to "review" and warn people about shady businesses?
posted by Unred on Jan 15, 2012 - 14 answers

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