Hi all! I am in the thick of my job search and am really enjoying it! It's humbling, energizing and anxiety-inducing all at the same time. :)
I just listened to the Sharing Your References podcast and am quickly getting to work as I have provided references to 5 companies in the past 3 weeks. I made note of a few questions as I listened to the cast. I would be most grateful for anyone's feedback and advice.
1. My career is in the non-profit sector and am applying for jobs in the same. Several of my references are volunteers and vendors that I worked closely with on the projects described on my resume. Is this ok?
2. Do you ever provide references prior to be asked? For example, several folks in my network are aware of my job search and have asked me to send them my resume. Should I also include my references? My intial thought is no, but I'd like some validation. :)
3. I worked for my previous employer for about 95% of my career. The company absolutely prohibits employees from giving references. All requests must be sent to HR where only length of employment and last position are verified. I have references on my list who I worked with at that company and have also left (specifically, former boss). However, I'm concerned about not having any current employees listed as references. I have strong relationships with people still employed there, but I don't want to put them in an awkward position by asking them to do something I know the company prohibits. Thoughts? Advice? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?
4. Would you do anything differently when asked to provide references prior to an interview? When I've applied online for positions, some request references up front along with the resume. I'm sure the steps Mike and Mark outline in the cast still apply... I'm just wondering if there's anything else I should do.
Thank you so much for your help!