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Coffeeessential Fri 07-Aug-15 09:11:42

I'm looking for a bit of help if that's okay.
I've been a SAHM for nearly 12 years now and after a series of things going a bit pear shaped at home our finances are on their knees and I'm desperate to take a part time job. I've found a few I'd like to apply for, but when I get to the 'Please supply two references' bit, I get completely disheartened.

The job I had last was Asda, and my managers have since all left, but being such a huge company I'm presuming they'll still have my details so I thought I could just write 'HR Dept' at Asda --etc.

The job I had before that I left nearly 15 years ago, and it was in Shoezone - the shop has since moved premises to over the road and none of the staff I worked with then are there any more. So I'm presuming that's a no go.

I'm not on the PTA, and the Headmaster of my daughter's primary school I knew quite well moved on last year. I wondered about the Deputy Head, but with it being the summer holidays I can't get in touch with her now and the closing date of one of the jobs is 10th August.
We're not religious, so don't have a minister, and my doctor won't do references full stop. I don't really have friends who could vouch for me and I haven't done any voluntary work. I went to university, but left over 15 years ago. I'm getting so frustrated now I'm considering asking my uncle, who's a retired solicitor, to vouch for me, even though I know you're not supposed to.

I just seem to hit a brick wall every time - I especially wanted to apply to this one job and I don't think I'm going to find anyone before the cut off date in three days.
Does anyone have any ideas please?

BikeRunSki Fri 07-Aug-15 22:12:19

I'd use Asda and the university. Even if they don't remember you personally, they are likely to have records about your time keeping, performance etc and will be able to supply a factual reference based on that.

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