Having been a stay at home mom for the past 7 years i am stumped when it comes to references.
It says that it is ESSENTIAL that the first reference be from a current/recent employer or college tutor etc.
My last job was as a weekend room attendant in a hotel 7 years ago so the woman who was my manager won't be there now anyway.
I did do childminding for a bit but haven't kept in touch with any of my clients so what am i supposed to put ??
nutty, any chance of doing a short return to work type course at a FE college? they´re usually free and childcare is often provided free too. that´d sort out the refrences as well as give you a bit of extra confidence.
Speaking as a manager, I would suggest that you give the prospective employer a ring and explain the situation. The chances are that they will still require references but will be able to show a bit of flexibility regarding who from for someone in your situation, it happens all the time. If you were registered as a childminder then perhaps you could ask Ofsted to provide a reference. Although they can really only say that they registered you and that your worked as a childminder it would confirm that this aspect of your cv is accurate.
Perhaps I should also say that I take it very well when people in your situation ring me to discuss their application. It shows that they are genuinely interested in the post and have the commonsense and maturity to discuss any difficulties that they might have. If they get the job then they are likely to behave in the same way in the workplace.
Hi Nutcracker, I had same problem recently when applying to Uni, had to give 2 references and as been a SAHM for 7 years and don't do much other than look after the kids, had absolutely NO ONE to put down whatsoever, everyone I knew in the world was either a friend or relative, I had to put it off till next year now, I'm spending this year doing voluntary work, part time courses and helping out at DS school so I have some ref's when need them!