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    I'm looking for a job at the moment but i've never had a job before because i've been running my own Kleeneze business so i don't have any references. The problem is getting through a paper application because obviously i can't write myself down as a reference as 'my own boss' so i've only got an academic reference to go on. I must just say that this isn't a career job, just a money earner through uni. Something like supermarket work or mcdonalds sort of thing.

    Any help on getting through to interview in this state?
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    There are lots of places that don't ask for references up front, in fact many employers don't use references at all. Certainly it is unusual to check references before an invite to interview. Usually you see the CV, decide to invite to interview and then if the person is still a good candidate you might check out their references. Apply first, and sort out the reference issue when you are directly asked for references. If an employer asks for a previous employment reference just say you don't have one because you haven't had a suitable job beforehand (which they can see from your CV presumably). Ask them who they want instead, although it would be useful if you could make suggestions ie your Kleeneze regional manager, school teacher, head of a voluntary group you work for, coach of sports team etc.
 
 
 
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