How to ask your current boss for a reference?
What should I say in the email? or should I talk to my current supervisor directly?
I want to apply for a full-time job and I want to be prepared (in case they want me to provide 2 ~ 3 most recent references).
And my current position is a part-time position and I do have good relationship with my boss.
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In addition to Jackson's excellent advice, I would like to add the following:
- LinkedIn recommendation - Ask your current manager for a LinkedIn recommendation. Recruiters and HR always look at LinkedIn profiles, so having recommendations from former managers and companies you have worked for always looks good!
- Try to specific about what you would like feedback on. This way the recommendation is tailored to the next steps in your career.
Best of luck! :)
Cindy: to over simplify answering your question based on Nike's commercial, the answer is "just ask."
Looks like you currently working at a part-time position and you are in the process for applying a full-time job. Therefore, you are thinking about "leaving" your current boss and yet wanting your current boss to provide a good reference to your future boss. It's great that you have a good relationship with your current boss and you had already discussed the possibility of leaving your current role and applying a new job.
Since you already had the discussion with your boss, just gently remind him that you are in the process of applying new jobs. You would really appreciate him/her providing a good job reference when future employers called.
If you have a great working relationship with your current boss, you may even enroll him/her into your new job hunting process by asking him/her where to look and who to talk to.
I would suggest being direct and asking your boss(supervisor) directly. There is nothing to be afraid of, simply explain your situation to your boss and you'll realize that asking for a reference is extremely common and your boss will be happy to give you one.
If you feel nervous or nervy, I'll suggest talking to your colleagues if they have had a similar experience.
Your boss may even suggest you to apply to better firms and share his personal experience which will help you tremendously!
Great question. I know it can feel nerve racking to ask a boss (or anyone!) for a reference. Remember that your boss at one point in time probably had to ask their own boss for a reference, so they know exactly where you are coming from. Everyone needs references at several points in their life, so generally, I have found people are very willing to provide.
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