How to get Professional Managerial references when job hunting ?

BlackRock Lary
Feb 8 7 Comments

I find getting managerial references very difficult ... Can’t give current manager’s contact details ( unless laid off and you’re sure they wont screw it up for you ) cause you don’t want them to know you’re looking . Getting previous managers’ details is so stressful. I have a bunch of my ex managers added to my LinkedIn network ( the ones I thought I had a great relationship with ) but they never reply to my messages. Some even switched jobs and/or relocated.

How do you folks deal with this ?

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  • P&G Xkzq46
    It sounds like your bigger problem is you’re awful at maintaining relationships with people that are no longer immediately beneficial to you.

    Keeping in touch with a previous manager or coworker once per quarter isn’t that difficult...
    Feb 8 6
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      NerfIndian

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      NerfIndianmore
      Is this normal? Asking for the sake of my fledgling software dev career.
      Feb 8
    • VMware BobbleHat
      Are you asking if it is normal to have friends?
      Feb 8
    • BlackRock Lary
      OP
      I’m taking about managers ... of course everyone makes friends at work ( mostly they aren’t your managers )
      Feb 8
    • VMware BobbleHat
      Having a friendship with managers is a crazy advantage if you ever want to move to a company they are at anytime in the future. You would be foolish to not cultivate that.
      Feb 9
    • BlackRock Lary
      OP
      Like I mentioned I ( thought) I did ... but the movement I moved on they Carley reply to messages so how can I push them ?
      Feb 9