Who do I ask to be a reference when I have no work experience?
I've got my resume ready, created a LinkedIn profile and am ready to get my first job as a high school student looking for a summer internship. Who do you recommend I should ask? #summer-jobs #recruiter #work-experience #references #student-interns #job-application
Providing references can be hard when you don't have any work experience. If you don't have work references, the next best thing is academic references. Try asking any teachers you have a good relationship with, did well in their class, etc. If you volunteer or are involved with any groups or organizations, ask leaders from those groups or organizations.
As you start this new journey and do not have a professional experience, you can consider working with your teachers/counselors/coaches to provide references. As you get closer to the reference check stage, be sure to inform the references that someone will be contacting them so there is not any delay. Good luck!