Do I Have to Be Able to Prove My Previous Employment?

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I'm job hunting and currently I am working voluntarily in a charity shop the past few months however the manager refuses to give a reference until I've worked there for at least 6 months. I already have two references (one educational and one of previous employment) however the voluntary work I am doing now is relevant to the roles I am applying for (retail, customer service etc.), I've listed the experience on my CV however I'm not going to be able to get a reference from the employer until 6 months have passed? Will this be problematic to employers when applying for relevant roles even though I can already provide two references albeit not one of an employer with which I had relevant experience? :s

Also, is it important to state on the CV the duration of employment?

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It is usual to put dates in a CV, so yes, there will be a start date and end date (if you no longer work/volunteer there).

Employers ask for references, you provide contact details for those references. It's up to you who you offer, so it doesn't matter if you offer the volunteer manager or not.

The reason the Volunteer Manager will not give a reference for 6 months is a) because to give a meaningful reference you have to see a decent duration of work and b) to stop people volunteering and taking up time and effort for a couple of weeks just until they get a reference and then disappearing. However, if you told them you would continue to volunteer, I would have thought they'd give a reference before the 6 month point.
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It is usual to put dates in a CV, so yes, there will be a start date and end date (if you no longer work/volunteer there).

Employers ask for references, you provide contact details for those references. It's up to you who you offer, so it doesn't matter if you offer the volunteer manager or not.

The reason the Volunteer Manager will not give a reference for 6 months is a) because to give a meaningful reference you have to see a decent duration of work and b) to stop people volunteering and taking up time and effort for a couple of weeks just until they get a reference and then disappearing. However, if you told them you would continue to volunteer, I would have thought they'd give a reference before the 6 month point.
Thanks, that's all I was really unsure about.
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I'm job hunting and currently I am working voluntarily in a charity shop the past few months however the manager refuses to give a reference until I've worked there for at least 6 months. I already have two references (one educational and one of previous employment) however the voluntary work I am doing now is relevant to the roles I am applying for (retail, customer service etc.), I've listed the experience on my CV however I'm not going to be able to get a reference from the employer until 6 months have passed? Will this be problematic to employers when applying for relevant roles even though I can already provide two references albeit not one of an employer with which I had relevant experience? :s

Also, is it important to state on the CV the duration of employment?

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how long have you been volunteering at the charity shop?
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how long have you been volunteering at the charity shop?
Nearly 2 months now.
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Nearly 2 months now.
Oh right. I was going to say that if you had been there nearly 6 months, then you would have been there the 6 months by the time you got to the references section of jobs you are applying for.
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