We’ve all been there before – applying for a new position and they ask us to list our references. But what happens when you don’t have references in the field you are applying for a position in?
My daughter was recently in this situation. She was applying for a new job in a different field and was concerned that she did not have references for the exact work she was applying for.
But here is the important part: references are based on the work you do and your character, not the field you work in. In every project, with every customer, during every interaction, you should be doing your best. You never know who could be a potential reference!
Every person you come into contact with, whether it’s your teammate, your boss, or your child’s friend’s parent, can serve as a potential reference for your next position. This means you should always be operating at your best, both in your professional and personal life.
No matter how repetitive, outside your scope, or seemingly menial a task might be, attack it with vigor! Give the project everything you’ve got and do it to the best of your ability. You don’t know who’s watching, and who might be a reference down the road.
This one is short and to the point, but I can’t stress it enough everyone is a potential reference.
Until next time…we are Advoco, make every minute count.
About Michelle: It’s hard to find someone that doesn’t like Michelle – she’s easy to talk to, she’s a wealth of knowledge about EAM, she’s relatable, and to top it all off, she’s fun to be around! Her Infor EAM life started at a university that used the product to manage facilities. She has since built up and manages our Post Implementation Consulting team. When Michelle isn’t helping our customers, you can find her in her garden preparing vegetables for canning or touring the Upstate on her motorcycle! Have a question for Michelle? Send her an email!