I know quite a few people who just asked their friends to give them professional references. For the work address of the "professional referees" they just wrote their home address under the pretext of working from home. Seemed to work quite well. Unless it's some VERY important job, the worst I see a company doing is not giving you the job!
The problem, as I discovered today when I got a Greggs application form, comes when they ask for SCHOOL references. I'm not sure if I want to ask a teacher for a reference.... not cause it'd be a bad reference, but they'd probably go on about how I should spend my time revising and stuff. Hmm.
(Original post by wackojacko)
well...i'd may as well make it up and give a neighbour's address then give my home address, it would be a bit obvious wouldn't it?
If you've got no previous work experience (which is presumably obvious from the fact that you won't have filled any in on the application form!) then clearly you can't provide any referees from work. Just put down two other referees (which could be ex-teachers if they're fairly recent, friends of parents who know you reasonably well, neighbours, whatever) and maybe add a sentence saying something like "As I have no previous work experience I am unable to provide any professional referees so have provided two academic/character referees instead".
just tell them you haven't had a job before? i was supposed to provide two references for each of the jobs ive worked before: with the first one i told them that i'd never worked, but they could speak to my parents or people i'd babysat for (they did neither and employed me anyway), with the second i asked my manager from the first job to provide a reference and gave his phone number to my new employers - they rang him and were satisfied so said they didn't care about the second reference. employers can usually waive the need for references at their discretion, so you could speak to the manager of wherever you've applied to see if this is possible.