Applying for a possible next (professional) job. I've been in this one 3 years, before that one I had a very part time job unrelated to my career whilst ds was small/I recovered from illness. So any prior referees from my career would relate to a time over 5 years ago now (plus I left because they mishandled my illness). They ask for two referees who are able to confirm my suitability for the job, and that it must cover the past 2 years. So would it be ok to put both my line manager and my head of department from this current job? To get a reference from my v part time job seems unhelpful to them, and anything else would be such a long time ago. But not sure how this would be viewed? Sorry this is a bit waffly, got a poorly baby!
Many employers now (particularly medium or larger ones) don't confirm anything apart from length of time you worked for them and job title. References are written by hr to confirm these details. Managers are not authorised to provide anything further on behalf of the company so the hiring company here may be a little optimistic hoping to get confirmation about suitability. You might get a friendly manager to write a "personal" reference for you..... it might be worth checking what your current companys policy is.... If its time and title then a quiet approach to a friendly manager may be the next step....
that's interesting. I work for a fairly large (public sector) employer.
is it the normal etiquette to ask in advance if I want a personal reference rather than solely hr reference then? I would really rather not ask in advance as I am not desperately seeking a new job if that makes sense, I'm just applying for jobs that might progress my career if they come up (this is the first!).
I suspect my previous employers would only confirm factual details now after such a long gap though.