OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Monday, March 2


QUESTION: Who do you use for your references when applying to jobs? My profs don't even know me, and I haven't kept in touch with highschool teachers. I don't want to ask my current employer because I don't want them to know I'm thinking of quitting. Anyone in the same boat?


  1. I use my previous co-op employers

  2. I had the same situation. I didn't grow up in a supportive community and no one would help me with references.

    In high school, I listed my mother as one work reference using her work phone and maiden name. Hopefully, you're not that desperate for references but relatives are an option if they are willing to tell a small lie for a bigger purpose.

    Another alternative is asking older friends of yours that have seen your mature side. You can ask them to be a reference to your character. Sometimes my older friends would pretend to be former coworkers of mine.

    Honestly, start working on getting references by visiting a prof you like often and by building good relationships with coworkers. Its the only way out of this situation. Do what you have to tell then. Good luck!

  3. This is a reason to get to know at least some of your professors. There are other reasons too, such as it will push your grades upward.

  4. If this is a co-op job, I would not quit and just suffer through for the four month term (which is not that long!), as I can tell you from experience that the process of quitting a job in co-op is a nasty and complex process, that is more work and upset then it is worth.

  5. I ask friends. I've already graduated though lol so it's not a huge dealio I guess cuz all of my friends are working already.