Job Search: References for those in the public sector
Many public sector organizations will only offer bland references as your employer. You will need their reference. But when it arrives it may only be a confirmation that you worked for them in a particular grade over a particular period of time.
Most large private sector employers know this – for others you may have to explain. You will need something more. Try asking your line manager or someone in your management line if they would be prepared to give you a personal reference as well as the one sent officially by HR. Many managers are more ready than you expect to help. Also consider approaching retired senior colleagues and others who have left organisation.
You might consider asking for a personal reference from someone who holds a senior position in the private sector. This is where people you have met during work in a voluntary capacity may be useful. Otherwise, consider people who you have met through clubs and associations.
You shouldn’t feel embarrassed about asking for a reference. Most people feel flattered to be asked But you should always give people the opportunity to say no and make quite clear that you will understand if they feel they simply don’t know you well enough to help.
If you need advice in a particular situation please get in touch.
I hope you are have a very good week.