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References - January 13th 2009, 12:23 PM

Well, I decided to apply for a summer camp position and I need three references. I am trying to figure out how to do this. I can get two references for the professional category from my former job as I had two bosses, but would that look bad because they are coming from the same place?

As for a personal reference, I am trying to figure out whether I need to go for someone older or if I could use someone my age or slightly older.


Would a coworker be professional or personal?


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Re: References - January 13th 2009, 12:25 PM

A co worker on your same level would be considered personal.

And no don't use the same place for 2 references use different, it does not look bad but it makes you appear as if you do not wish for them to contact anyone else other than that one job.

Personal, you can get from anyone who has known you for a considerable ammount of time and is willing to of course. People can now be held liable if they get incorrect/false references!
   
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Re: References - January 13th 2009, 12:27 PM

Could you not give an education reference as a second professional one? And I'd recommend only giving a coworker as a personal reference if they actually knew you on a personal basis, like if you ever met up outside of work, for example.
   
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Re: References - January 13th 2009, 12:38 PM

I am not that close with my professors this year because they are the freshmen weed-out classes and it's a large university so the lower classes tend to be packed. I could try my sociology teacher, but I didn't list that university and my former calculus teacher left my old university. I could try my scholar's group leader too.

We were pretty close at my job.


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Re: References - January 13th 2009, 12:39 PM

As I said someone that is your co-worker unless they are higher level than you, ie management. They will be a personal reference.
   
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