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To contact boss from a long time ago for a reference

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pipnchops · 17/11/2019 11:50

I'm applying for a job relevant to something I did over 10 years ago and would like to get back into. My boss at the time (back in 2008!) thought very highly of me but I haven't been in touch since I asked her for a reference in around 2010 (which she was happy to). Is it strange if I contact her now and ask if I can put her as a reference again? She's very high up in the industry I want to get back into and would be a great reference. I've found her on linked in. So AIBU to contact her?

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Biggobyboo · 17/11/2019 11:56

Will she even remember you? People from jobs a couple of years ago don’t remember me! 10 years is a long time - how would she be able to comment on your work?

7Worfs · 17/11/2019 11:58

No harm in asking, I’m sure if she thought highly of you, she’d like to hear what you’re up to now.

BlackSwanGreen · 17/11/2019 11:58

When I was applying for a job in 2014 I asked my old boss for a reference - I hadn't worked for him or been in touch with him since 2005. So I think this would be ok.

BellatrixLestat · 17/11/2019 12:00

I've just been asked for a reference for someone I haven't worked with since 2013. I think it's fairly standard nowadays as most places want references from two previous employers and if you've been at the same place for a long time you have to go further back.

AlexaShutUp · 17/11/2019 12:01

I was a boss 10 years ago. I remember all the people I line managed (and from 20 years ago too.) I would be happy to provide a reference for any of them.

If you think that the job you did 10 years ago is relevant to what you're applying for now, go ahead and contact him/her. The worst thing that can happen is that they could say no, but they will probably be happy to help.

Biggobyboo · 17/11/2019 12:19

Slightly different but when I was applying for a PGCE I tried to ask the head of the school I volunteered at for a UCAS reference. That head had retired but I was referred to the class teacher whose class I had helped in.

She didn’t remember me (two years later) and told me I should use somebody who knew me better and was more recent!

pipnchops · 17/11/2019 14:33

Thanks, sounds like it might be worth contacting her, worst case she doesn't remember me!

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